In 2012, Robert Bowling left his job as Creative Strategist at Infinity Ward for the Call of Duty franchise in order to start his own studio. That studio was called Robotoki, and Bowling announced its closure yesterday afternoon.
Robotoki was founded and quickly started working on Human Element. That game was meant to be an online multiplayer title that answers a key question: “What is the greatest threat in a zombie apocalypse?” That answer would be, obviously, other humans.
This title was set to be cross-platform in multiplayer interaction. There was even an Ouya prequel planned and in development, though that was canceled rather early on.
Bowling writes in his farewell post that he’s simply running out of funds.
We were actively negotiating a publishing deal for the premium version of Human Element but unfortunately I am unable to continue to self-fund the studio until that deal finalizes.
Human Element has been put on hold. Robotoki is closing.
If any of that changes, we’ll let you know.