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Robert Bowling quits Call of Duty and Activision, but why?

We have some surprising news to bring you now, as out of nowhere it seems, Activision’s mainstay community manager for Call of Duty Robert Bowling, has resigned from the company with immediate effect.

At the moment, there doesn’t appear to be any reasoning behind the move either – not that it’s likely it would be made public anyway. Earlier on Twitter, Bowling made his bold announcement that he is stepping away from Call of Duty after serving as the community manager for Call of Duty 4, MW2 and MW3.

Not only did he announce his intention to resign as Creative Strategist for Call of Duty and as a lead for Infinity Ward, he also confirmed that he was resigning as an employee of Activision too. So what has prompted this abrupt statement from Bowling?

Has he decided that the franchise is taking a turn for the worse, or has he been tempted by a new project which he plans to be a part of? Either way, we’re guessing that we’ll hear more on this before the end of the week. Is it worth mentioning Respawn Entertainment in any of this as well? Don’t forget that this is the new company formed by the two ex-Infinity Ward leads Jason West and Vince Zampella, so it will be interesting to see if they have managed to prize another key member of the original IW team away from Activision’s grasp.

One thing that Call of Duty will surely miss though, is the constant community updates that Bowling used to dish out daily on his personal Twitter account under the name FourZeroTwo. You can bet that he receives all kinds of abuse from users who are not happy with issues in Modern Warfare 3, so we just hope that these kind of individuals were not the sole reason why he is stepping away from the franchise. More importantly – who is now going to fill in as a replacement, someone from Sledgehammer Games perhaps?

What is your immediate reaction to the news – will you miss Robert Bowling as community manager for Call of Duty or not?

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