Human Element Drops F2P; Breaks from Nexon

Independent developer Robotoki and Nexon have broken off their agreement for Nexon to publish Human Element, the debut game from this studio formed by Robert Bowling, former creative strategist for Infinity Ward's Call of Duty series. Word is the goals of the companies ceased being aligned upon the decision that this will no longer be a free-to-play game. "As the game evolved we realized that the elements that make Human Element the most fun would be hindered by keeping it a free-to-play experience," Bowling explains in an email to Gamasutra. "Therefore, we made the decision to switch to a premium experience for our players; which also meant that working with the premier publisher in free-to-play was no longer the best partnership fit for the game we were creating."