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Robert Bowling Resigns From Infinity Ward

Respawns elsewhere?

Robert Bowling has this evening resigned from Infinity Ward (and, naturally, Activision).

“Today, I resign from my position as Creative Strategist of Call of Duty, as a lead of Infinity Ward, and as an employee of Activision,” he tweeted.

The news comes rather unexpectedly, with Bowling, who goes by the handle fourzerotwo, is a very public figurehead for the Call of Duty brand.

I don’t know the guy personally, but I wish him all the best in whatever he does next.

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29 Comments
  1. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    Yes he had a lot to put up with, but I’m sure he’s well rewarded, even more so since everyone left & he got a fancy job title… but he did only (generally) only answer questions which could be answered with good news. And then more recently creative strategist, WTF so its his fault there’s now creativity or what?

    Comment posted on 26/03/2012 at 23:41.
    • Deathbrin
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      Probably just a strategist who is creative at it.

      Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 08:37.
      • OneShotWook
        Member
        Since: Jun 2010

        Made me chuckle Brin ty:).

        Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 15:59.
  2. Awayze
    Member
    Since: Jul 2010

    Maybe they can hire a person that will answer all questions. Clearly he doesn’t code or have any input in the game, so why were IW even paying him?
    He “tried” to get OMA tweaked and lag comp tweaker but nothing as IW rejected his ideas.

    Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 02:27.
  3. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    i’m sure he’ll find work somewhere else sooner rather than later.
    with the way every publisher seems to be trying to ride the COD coat-tails i have no doubt one of the key people behind the series is going to be pretty sought after.

    Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 09:44.
    • hazelam
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      and i’d bet he’s already got something lined up.

      Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 09:44.
  4. E8_BALL_
    Member
    Since: Jul 2010

    His interaction with the community, was second to none. Not hard to do, as most franchises you get zero, or very little feedback.

    Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 10:07.
  5. SpikeyMikey23
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    He was pushing for more DLC and (more to the point!) free DLC etc. Activision probably told him to fuck right off regarding he free DLC

    Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 10:20.
    • E8_BALL_
      Member
      Since: Jul 2010

      arrghh, just read your post, my bad fella.
      see below…

      Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 17:49.
  6. HoboCastro
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Sad to see him go after doing a great job despite Activision’s pressure on IW. And to put up with what he has is admirable. Did a great job bringing the Modern Warfare series to a close.

    Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 10:21.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      Er.. whut? You really not expecting MW4 next year?

      Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 12:40.
      • HoboCastro
        Member
        Since: Mar 2010

        It was only meant to be a trilogy. If there is a fourth I’ll be astounded. Isn’t Black Ops 2 then the next a year some sort of space marine type thing. Oh, and an MMO somewhere in there.

        Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 15:07.
  7. OneShotWook
    Member
    Since: Jun 2010

    I’m not sure why people are assuming he will go over to respawn as he’s not credited for any of the games they’ve worked on up to and including mw2.
    I would assume he’s an activision employee which i believe is the reason they left.
    Anyways whoever he is he seems well known so good luck.

    Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 16:22.
  8. E8_BALL_
    Member
    Since: Jul 2010

    I think this may have been the beginning of the end, or at least been brewing for a while.

    Roberts’ view on DLC…
    “Here is my philosophy on throw back maps: Old school maps, I love maps like that, I wanna see Creek, I wanna see Overgrown, I wanna see Crossfire, I wanna see Highrise.

    So my mentality on it is if you are going to do throwback maps, if you are going to do classic maps, keep it outside of the DLC model. Like for DLC, if you are paying for stuff and it’s included in your subscription, it should all be new content. ‘Give me something new I’ve never seen before’ and that’s not something we’ve done in the past before we’ve included in traditional map packs.” (forbes.com)

    Respect for airing his view, being as it wouldn’t sit well with activision. I for one agree with it.

    Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 17:45.
  9. Foxhound_Solid
    Is a smart cookie.
    Since: Dec 2009

    Sounds like he fancies a change from cod in parsley sauce…

    Comment posted on 27/03/2012 at 18:42.

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