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Robotoki ceasing operations, Human Element 'on hiatus'

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Robotoki, the game development studio founded by ex-Infinity Ward creative strategist Robert Bowling, is closing down, Bowling confirmed to Polygon today.

"This week we have ceased operations at Robotoki and the development of Human Element is on hiatus," Bowling said via email. "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."

The news of Robotoki ceasing operations was first reported by Joystiq this morning.

Human Element was recently shown at the first Game Awards in Las Vegas. The game, set after a zombie apocalypse, was first announced in 2012. Human Element was bound for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with a version for Windows PC to be published by Nexon. The Korean publisher made a strategic investment in Robotoki in 2013.

Robotoki released Drop Squad 4 for iOS and Android last year and attempted unsuccessfully in 2013 to crowdfund 2D platformer The Adventures of Dash.