Robotoki, the independent development studio founded by former Infinity Ward Creative Strategist Robert Bowling, has ceased operations today.
The announcement comes in a post on Robotoki’s website from Bowling himself. Robotoki recently premiered Human Element, a zombie apocalypse game with MMO elements, at The Game Awards this past December. The cease in operations is credited to the studio’s inability to continue self-funding until they can finalize a “publishing deal for the premium version of Human Element.”
Bowling wrote the following:
On April 9th, 2012 I left my highly paid, highly successful career as Creative Strategist of the Call of Duty franchise at Infinity Ward. A role I started a decade earlier after making the decision that I would settle for nothing less than doing what I loved.
My entire time there, I was in love with my job. I loved our fans, I loved our games, and I loved the team I was working alongside. Once we finished the Modern Warfare trilogy, I felt it was time to move on, to try my hand at independent game development and try to make something different.
Over the last two years, we made a lot of different.
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.
I want to thank every single person who supported us along this journey. It was an experience of a lifetime, and we learned a lifetime of experience.
I will never forget the friends we made, the experiences we created, and the lessons we learned.
The women and men who make the games you love are risking everything, and its worth it.
Support indie development, play experimental games, and continue to do what you love to do.
While it is sad to hear that Robotoki is closing its doors for the moment, they aren’t exactly walking into the sunset quite yet. If Bowling secures a publishing deal, it sounds like we’ll be once again seeing video games created by Robotoki. In the meantime, you can enjoy a video that Bowling shared reminiscing all of the work the studio has done in the past two years below.