When longtime Infinity Ward Creative Strategist Robert Bowling departed the Call of Duty developer, many figured he would take up a similar position at another outfit and help turn an existing brand into a Call of Duty-sized juggernaut. Instead, however, Bowling decided to take the road less travelled — a road coincidentally also taken by his former employers Vince Zampella and Jason West — and set up his own development studio, Robotoki.
Shortly after Robotoki’s formation word broke of their first game, Human Element, a post-apocalyptic survival title that features a familiar zombie outbreak as its backdrop. However, while zombies are a main component of Human Element, it will, as the name suggests, be the non-infected characters that play a larger role in the experience.
Thus far, details for Human Element have been relatively slim, but we now have a release date for the upcoming title…at least for the PC version that is. Moreover, Bowling himself has confirmed that the Ouya prequel that was announced over a year ago has been cancelled, a casualty of Robotoki’s focus on getting current-gen versions ready to go for Ps4 and Xbox One.
Bowling has revealed that Human Element will hit the PC platform in November of next year, where it will presumably go toe-to-toe with Call of Duty — more specifically Treyarch’s next Call of Duty. However, while COD will be on all platforms, Human Element is only focusing on the PC for this date, with PS4 and Xbox One releases to follow sometime thereafter.
Eagle-eyed readers will note that in that initial reveal Bowling makes no mention of the previously announced Ouya prequel. Unfortunately, as it turns out, the episodic Ouya prequel was cancelled rather early on in Human Element‘s development so the team could focus on current-gen versions. That’s a huge blow to Ouya supporters, and further decreases the device’s waning appeal.
@FilmingGrim Cancelled very early on as we shifted focus to our next gen open world version which is being built on CryEngine.— Robert Bowling (@fourzerotwo) March 21, 2014
While we still don’t know too much about Human Element aside from the premise and that it will use Crytek’s CryEngine, we do have a release date for the game. However, that initial premise leaves a lot to be desired, especially the idea of a zombie apocalypse. Ultimately, it will be the human element of…er…Human Element that determines whether this game can stand out from the crowd, but so far details have been hard to come by. Perhaps we will hear more about the game at E3.
What is your interest level for Robotoki’s Human Element? Are you disappointed that they cancelled the Ouya prequel?
Human Element releases November 2015 for the PC. No PS4 or Xbox One dates have been revealed.
Source: Robert Bowling – Twitter