After his recent departure from Infinity Ward and Activision, Robert Bowling left fans wondering what the hell was going on over in the Call of Duty world. Although we may never know if there were some issues behind the scenes that led to his departure, he has since moved on another chapter in his life. Bowling announced via Game Informer, that he has created a new game studio called Robotoki.
Robotoki is intended to be a studio that is all about the developers, and how to create and nurture rock star talent. The studio will be totally self-funded, and Bowling has stated that he intends for it to stay that way. Going so far to say that he will only partner with others that support that same exact model. On top of all of this, they already are working on a new project that should be announced later this year, and will be on all next-gen consoles, mobile devices and PC.
Robotoki is focused on being a developer development studio that just happens to make games. We are focused on our team first and everything else second, because I believe as an industry; we have a lot to learn on how to treat talent. While we continue to out stride film and music entertainment in other areas, we are falling severely behind in how to properly inspire and support our creative talent.
I wanted to create an environment where the creative vision holders held complete control over their work and could guide and maintain it from concept to execution.
As a developer, our focus is on creating a universe first, experiences second, and game mechanics last.
With focus being on universe, we aim to create experiences that transcend platforms and genres and allow our players to connect to our world, their characters, and gameplay via any medium (console, PC, or mobile).
However, how they experience the world is unique to their device. The mobile / tablet experience should not mimic the console or PC experience, it should be additive to it, not supplemental. Allowing them to support their console and PC experience, continue their progression, but by experiencing the world in a meaningful and unique way.
Our focus is creating an experience that is no longer strictly single player, strictly co-op, or strictly multiplayer, but adapting the strengths of each of these into a unique experience that is fueled by the actions and contributions in each.
The Robotoki website is already live and is said to be hiring for their next project already.
Do you think Bowling will succed with this new developer-focused model?