Studio Robotoki has ceased operations, Human Element on hold

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 20 January 2015 17:23 GMT

Robert Bowling’s development studio Robotoki has shut it’s doors and its apocalyptic survival game is now “on hiatus.”

Joystiq confirmed the news via a statement from Bowling.

“This week we have ceased operations at Robotoki and the development of Human Element is on hiatus,” Bowling stated. “We were actively negotiating a new publishing deal for the premium version of Human Element but unfortunately I was unable to continue to self-fund development until a deal was finalized.”

Set 35 years after a zombie apocalypse, the first-person game was said to combine action, strategy and resource management through a myriad of survival scenarios.

It was being developed using CryEngine technology and was slated for a November 2015 release on PC . At one times it was  a free-to-play title to be published by Nexon.

Robotoki and Nexon dissolved the partnership and the game was switched to a premium product which resulted in the studio being forced to lay off some staff members.

Bowling said at the time that as development progressed, the studio decided the a free-to-play experience would cut some of “the most fun” elements of the game.

Nexon America said the parting was a  “mutual decision”  due to Human Element no longer aligning with the publisher’s free-to-play portfolio.

A new publisher for Human Element was supposed to be announced back in December.

Some game footage is posted in the video below.

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