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The studio responsible for popular titles Bioshock and Freedom Force will be shutting its doors for good.

Irrational Games, a Boston based company founded 17 years ago will be laying off the majority of its staff, reducing its number to about 15 core members.

“There’s no great way to lay people off,” said Ken Levine in a statement on Irrational’s website. “Our first concern is to make sure that the people who are leaving have as much support as we can give them during this transition.”

Levine has made it clear that the departing employees won’t be left out in the cold.

“Besides financial support, the staff will have access to the studio for a period of time to say their goodbyes and put together their portfolios.”

Levine is shutting the doors to focus on what he calls a “smaller, more entrepreneurial endeavor,” with Take Two Interactive, who bought Irrational Career PageIrrational in 2006.

A trip to the soon-to-be defunct studio’s career page results in an ominous 404 message.

The final release by the studio will be DLC for Bioshock Infinite available on March 25. Appropriately titled Burial At Sea , it will be a follow up to an expansion of the same title and cost $15. Levine has said it will contain four to five hours of new content and gameplay.