It's always easy to get gamers all riled up.
So when the news broke about developer Irrational Games losing a few key members, questions began to circulate. More news came out this week concerning other employee shuffling, including the fact that former Bioshock Infinite art director has joined Uncharted developer Naughty Dog. So should you be worried about the current status and future of the next Bioshock entry?
The short answer is no. This isn't a game that has remained under wraps; we've seen plenty of media footage (much of which has been lengthy), and numerous behind-the-scenes features are easy to find. This is not a project that has clearly ran into roadblocks; it's one that seems to have been firing on all cylinders since the announcement. Compare this to The Last Guardian and you'll see what I mean. Only super huge projects that aren't continually in the public eye after being revealed are concerning to me.
Secondly, with a team like the one assembled at Irrational, I think they can afford to lose a few pieces of talent. On top of which, you've got Ken Levine, who is one of the great visionaries of this industry and will never let an inferior product out the door. He has also been frank, candid and outspoken throughout most of his dealings with the press, so there's no reason to believe he's hiding a floundering project. I'm sure they have to reevaluate some things with all this personnel shifting, but I have no doubt the end result will be nothing short of phenomenal.
Also, please don't forget that in the past, before LinkedIn and Twitter and other constantly updated sources, we never knew who went where or did what. I'm fairly certain big teams have gone through similar things in the past; we just didn't know about them, and the final product probably still impressed. All things considered, I really wouldn't lose much sleep worrying about Bioshock Infinite .
Related Game(s): Bioshock Infinite