When Robotoki re-revealed their zombie survival game Human Element earlier this month, what we saw in its bombastic new trailer (see below) shared little resemblance to what was originally planned to be a horror game. It’s clear that at some point, its direction was refocused to cater to a wider audience. That move, it would seem, has caused quite a bit of trouble for the developer.
In a statement sent to Joystiq, Robotoki founder Robert Bowling confirmed that their decision to turn Human Element into a “premium” game had led to a falling out with its original publisher, Nexon. When Bowling was unable to find a way to replace those lost funds, the studio was forced to close.
“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,” said Bowling.
It’s too bad. I’m not too enthusiastic about the new look, but Human Element still showed promise. Hopefully they’ll be able to find a new publishing deal soon.