There are some huge changes afoot at Indie game studio, Robotoki, which was founded by ex-Infinity Ward developer, Robert Bowling. Gamasutra reveals the developer has decided to end the partnership between the developer and publisher Nexon coming to a mutual end due to Robotoki deciding to release their upcoming survival game Human Element as a premium title and not a free-to-play affair as previously planned.
Since Bowling’s departure from Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward, he’s been hard at work with his new studio, Robotoki, working on Human Element a post apocalyptic survival title which is set for release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The game was originally set to be published by free-to-play publisher Nexon, but this weekend that partnership came to a close due to Robotoki deciding that the free-to-play business model wasn’t right for the game, and that Human Element “no longer aligns with the Nexon portfolio.”
“As the game evolved we realized that the elements that make Human Element the most fun would be hindered by keeping it a free-to-play experience. Therefore, we made the decision to switch to a premium experience for our players; which also meant that working with the premier publisher in free-to-play was no longer the best partnership fit for the game we were creating,” said Bowling in an email to Gamasutra.
Bowling says Robotoki has already found a new publisher for Human Element and expects to formally announce the partnership next month.