You will probably know the name Robert Bowling as the creative strategist of Infinity Ward and their long-term online community spokesman. Bowling resigned from Infinity Ward around a month ago, causing a minor shock-wave throughout the industry. Now it seems like we know the reason for his abrupt departure; he is starting up his own game development company called Robotoki.
In an e-mail sent to GamerInformer, Bowling went into detail regarding the new company and its plans. Just because we’re good to you guys, here is the mail in its entirety.
“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.”
All of this information sounds encouraging for a new developer and we wish Bowling well in his mission. Robotoki is currently hiring and they have also announced that their first project will be due out next year and will be released for next-gen consoles, PC and mobile platforms. Exciting stuff!