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.