Robert Bowling Leaving Infinity Ward (UPDATED)
For the past few years, Call of Duty has been the biggest franchise in the gaming world, and the public face of the franchise (all the West/Zampella noise aside) has been Robert Bowling. As Infinity Ward’s Creative Strategist, Bowling spent tons of time on Twitter talking Call of Duty with fans, members of the press, and anyone else who happened along. He was also the front man at major events like E3 and Call of Duty XP. Basically, Bowling was Call of Duty to millions of fans. Until today.
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.
— Robert Bowling (@fourzerotwo) March 26, 2012
As you can see above, Bowling just announced on Twitter that he’s resigning today from his position at Activision today. He has yet to respond to questions from a number of folks, including us, as to what’s next for him. Hopefully, we’ll find out soon. I’m sure he’ll let us know through his Twitter.
Heck, even the parody Twitter account of Kaz Harai has commented on this news:
The Creative Strategist of Call of Duty has resigned, to be replaced by a computer which randomly chooses the next world landmark to blow up
— CEO Kaz Hirai (@KazHiraiSCE) March 26, 2012
We’ve contacted Activision for comment on this announcement. Of course, we wish Mr. Bowling only the best wherever he may be headed.
UPDATE: Activision has responded to our request for comment with this statement:
“We sincerely thank Robert for his many years of service. He’s been a trusted and valued member of the Infinity Ward team. We wish him all the best on his decision to pursue future opportunities.”
UPDATE: Robert Bowling posted the following tweet this evening, noting that he would share the details of his next “adventure” on Twitter in the future. From all of this, one could deduce that A) Bowling left Activision of his own accord–he noted that he “resigned”– and B) it doesn’t appear he left to work somewhere else, at least not immediately–hence the “Whatever adventure is next” talk. This is all speculation, of course. We’ll update this post when we know more.
Thanks for the outpour of support! I can promise you 1 thing. Whatever adventure is next, I plan on sharing all of it with you, right here.
— Robert Bowling (@fourzerotwo) March 27, 2012