Zelnick: 2K Marin now "responsible for" Bioshock franchise

And Take-Two CEO calls Red Dead Redemption a "permanent franchise"

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick made some revealing comments about the company's best-loved franchises yesterday,suggesting a new Red Dead Redemption is on the way, and that Bioshock has not been forgotten.

The future of the BioShock franchise has been unclear since its home studio Irrational closed in February, but Zelnick made clear that it was still a priority for the company.

"We haven't given any colour on how you should think about it yet except we do believe it's beloved; we think it's important [and] certainly something that we're focused on; something 2K Marin will be responsible for shepherding going forward," he told the Cowen and Company analyst conference, as reported by GameSpot.

The mention of 2K Marin has surprised many, given the reports last October that staff cuts had taken the employee count to zero and effectively closed the studio.

Former 2K Games UI artist Pat Guarino addressed the issue on Twitter. "Hell there are probably about five people left there that had any contribution to Bioshock 2 at all," he told followers.