This seems more like an impersonal business decision from 2k. Ken Levine and the other studio heads were probably faced with a hard decision from 2K. The game probably didn't sell as much as their internal predictions. They are basically operating with a skeleton crew over there. Irregardless, everyone was probably going to get fired. This decision allows the name Irrational stay alive for a little longer. Instead of 2k getting blamed for the decision, Ken gets all the blame.