Robotoki shuts down, Human Element “on hiatus”

Studio was unable to continue self-funding the game.

Human Element

Robotoki, Robert Bowling’s studio opened in 2012, has closed up shop, the company announced.

“This week we have ceased operations at Robotoki and the development of Human Element is on hiatus,” Bowling told Joystiq. “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.”

Human Element was first announced in 2012, two months after Robotoki opened. The online game was originally planned to be published by free-to-play company Nexon. But after deciding a free-to-play model would no longer fit the type of game Robotoki was trying to create, the studio parted ways with Nexon. Last month, Robotoki debuted the first trailer for the game at The Game Awards.

Watch the studio’s goodbye video below.

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