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Jordan Thomas is a game developer who worked at Irrational Games during the creation of BioShock and later became Creative Director of 2K Marin, which created BioShock 2.


Jordan Thomas briefly worked as a journalist before he was hired by the game publisher Psygnosis as a writer on several of their titles. After interning briefly at Surreal Software during production of Drakan: Order of the Flame,[1] Jordan's got a job working on Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone at the KnowWonder studio of Amaze Entertainment.[2] While there, he learned how to use the Unreal Engine, a valuable skill that netted him a job at Ion Storm during production of Thief: Deadly Shadows. During development of Thief:Deadly Shadows he soon earned the title of Lead Designer on the project. In addition to his Lead Designer position, he contributed a significant amount of work to construct the well-known level ‘The Cradle’.[3]

Jordan Thomas was eventually hired by Irrational Games to work on development of BioShock. He joined the development team in January of 2007 and was the primary level designer of Fort Frolic.[4] He was also commissioned by Creative Director Ken Levine to do a "horror pass" on the entire game, adding or tweaking many elements to make BioShock scarier.[5] After the release of BioShock in 2007, Thomas was tasked with leading a new development studio, 2K Marin, in Novato, California. As Creative Director of 2K Marin he was an important figure in creating BioShock 2.[6]

Game Credits[]

BioShock series[]

Year Game Company Credited as/for
2007 BioShock 2K Boston / 2K Australia Design Team, PS3 system Design Support
2010 BioShock 2 2K Marin Creative Director, Writer
2013 BioShock Infinite Irrational Games Design Team, Senior Writer


Year Game Company Credited as/for
1999 Drakan: Order of the Flame Surreal Software, Inc. Documentation, Tester[1]
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone KnowWonder Design[2]
2004 Thief: Deadly Shadows Ion Storm Inc. Lead Designer[7]
2018 The Blackout Club Question Director


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Drakan: Order of the Flame" credits page at
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone" credits page at
  3. "Journey into the Cradle" article by Kieron Gillen, originally published in PCGamer, March 2005.
  4. "Bioshock 2’s Chief Creator Against A Tide Of Skeptics" article by Stephen Totilo at
  5. BioShock with designer JP LeBreton Part 1 video playthrough hosted by Idle Thumbs
  6. "Meet the teams bringing BioShock to PS3 (plus new screens!)" article at
  7. "Thief: Deadly Shadows" credits page at