Future Club—headed by Francesca Esquenazi—believes in the power of cooperative development stating that “strong teams are greater than the sum of its parts.” While there are no games being shown to the public just yet, the nascent studio promises to deliver titles “with handcrafted art and traditional 2D animation, engaging and responsive gameplay, and unique and memorable worlds,” which is consistent with the games they’ve produced in their former studio, Lab Zero Games. Future Club’s full press release can be found here.
This is coming right in the heels of the mess that occurred in Lab Zero Games. Mike Zaimont, one of the primary founders of Lab Zero, was accused of workplace misconduct that includes sexual harassment. He had also made insensitive references to the tragic death of George Floyd during an online Skullgirls in which he tried to use the notorious “I can’t breath” quote as a punchline. Suffice it to say employees were unhappy working for someone who was capable of such vile acts so a majority of key developers left the studio and eventually the rest of the staff were laid off by Mike Zaimont himself.
Future Club looks to foster a much more positive work environment and here’s to hoping the fledgling studio finds continued success in the future.