Talking about Call of Duty can really ignite a debate, whether it’s good or bad. Following on from the immediate departure of Robert Bowling from Activision and the franchise as a whole, we have now had some additional clarity on a potential reasoning on why he decided to leave.
If you’re talking about Call of Duty as a game in the first person shooter genre, it’s fair to say that Call of Duty is right up there with the top at the moment. With this in mind, Robert Bowling as a creative strategist was obviously in a pretty commanding position as the number one community figure for the franchise, just like Josh Olin is for Treyarch’s Call of Duty games.
To leave Activision just like that, something drastic must have happened, or Robert Bowling has received a more rewarding offer for a different game project. Bowling always uses his Twitter account to display his thoughts, and some recent Tweets from the man may have offered a slight insight into why he left.
As noted by MSXbox-World, Bowling has said that he’s in no rush with his next move. He aims to take his time and look for something passionate, stating that he ‘wants to fall in love again’. Does that mean he has fallen out with Call of Duty then basically? – Too difficult to say at this time perhaps.
However, a further tweet from him replies to a user who said that it’s not always about the money and that he shouldn’t join Respawn (Referring to Respawn Entertainment, where the ex-Infinity Ward leads are now based). Bowling replied to the user agreeing that ‘there is more to life than money’ and that the sooner people realize that, the better.
One final Tweet and the most interesting to us, is that he reportedly stated that he ‘doesn’t want to spend his time just focusing on one project’ (Call of Duty), when there are ‘far too many amazing things’ happening in the industry right now.
You can just sense that Bowling is dying to reveal what has really happened between himself and his former employers, but just as he stated it looks like he is in no rush to tell us just yet.
One thing to note though is that these Tweets mentioned in the source above appear to have disappeared from Bowling’s Twitter account, so draw your own conclusions on that. If Bowling really has fallen out of love with the state of Call of Duty at the moment – would you be surprised by this?