STU­DIO FO­CUS

FUTURLAB

EDGE - - STUDIO FOCUS - Lo­ca­tion Brighton, UK Founded 2003 Em­ploy­ees 8 URL www.futurlab.co.uk

“FuturLab is an award-win­ning stu­dio best known for its Ve­loc­ity se­ries, in­clud­ing the re­cent Ve­loc­ity 2X. Based one block from the beach in the vi­brant city of Brighton in the UK, the stu­dio is now ex­pand­ing to de­velop mul­ti­ple projects.

“What in­creas­ingly dif­fer­en­ti­ates FuturLab from other stu­dios is that we make games that our team wants to play. We also have com­plete con­trol over cre­ative de­ci­sions as we own our own IP.

“Our team en­joys work­ing here be­cause there is mu­tual re­spect through­out, and ev­ery­one feels in­volved in pro­duc­ing some­thing to be proud of.

“We also don’t do crunch, as tired teams lose en­thu­si­asm and make mis­takes, which is of­ten re­flected in the over­all qual­ity of a game. We be­lieve one of the rea­sons our games con­sis­tently gain crit­i­cal ac­claim is that they are made by a healthy and happy team.

“FuturLab is cur­rently de­vel­op­ing a new IP, which is a great chal­lenge. With Ve­loc­ity 2X we were build­ing on the unique foun­da­tions es­tab­lished by the first game, so it was rel­a­tively straight­for­ward, but now we’re back to in­vent­ing, and we’re re­minded just how chal­leng­ing it is to cre­ate some­thing new. Ev­ery few days there’s a break­through, and star­ing us down a few yards ahead is a new brick wall. It’s an ex­cit­ing and sat­is­fy­ing chal­lenge, which is what we’re here for!”

The crit­i­cally lauded Ve­loc­ity 2X ( 1 , 4 and 5 ) de­buted on PlayS­ta­tion Vita and PS4 in 2014, and re­cently made the move to Xbox One and PC. The game con­tin­ues in the vein of Ve­loc­ity Ul­tra’s ver­ti­cally scrolling shoot­ing, but also in­cor­po­rates on-foot puz­zle-plat­form­ing sec­tions. 2 Eight staff work at FuturLab, but the stu­dio is in the process of re­cruit­ing four ad­di­tional mem­bers to the team.

3 The com­pany is lo­cated in Brighton, home to a lively hub of com­pa­nies work­ing in games.

6 FuturLab cre­ated SurgeDeluxe in 2014. The Vita match-three ti­tle sees play­ers di­rect­ing elec­tri­cal cur­rents to the ac­com­pa­ni­ment of a sound­track by fre­quent mu­si­cal col­lab­o­ra­tor Joris de Man

James Mars­den, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor

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