Recently, Skullgirls and Indivisible developer Lab Zero Games saw a mass employee exodus over the behavior of its studio head. Today, publisher 505 Games has confirmed it will also be severing ties, ending all future production on Indivisible.
In a statement, 505 Games confirms that in light of the recent restructuring and dissolution of Lab Zero, there will be no more production on Indivisible apart from content already in submission.
This includes some long-awaited additions, including guest and backer-created characters, the former of which were guests from other indie games. In a FAQ on the Indivisible site about the situation, 505 says the IP holder for at least one of the guest characters has backed out, and they expect more will follow. 505 Games is also paying to produce one physical backer reward, a statue of Ajna, which had yet to be delivered to backers.
The final update for Indivisible will be for the Nintendo Switch version, which will add Razmi's Challenges, New Game+, and couch co-op, bringing it up to parity with other platforms. It's expected to start rolling out on Oct. 13. Indivisible will still be available digitally, though the North American physical release has been cancelled. 505 recommends that players who pre-ordered a North American physical copy should contact their respective retailer for a refund.
These shifts come in the wake of an exodus of developers over studio head Mike Zaimont's misbehavior, including inappropriate jokes and inappropriate interactions with community members. Subsequent turmoil within the studio led to a number of individuals leaving in protest, and not long after, the remaining Lab Zero employees were laid off.
"Indivisible is a game of diversity, inclusion, friendship and evolution," reads 505 Games' statement. "505 Games worked with the talented and creative people at Lab Zero for many years to bring Indivisible to life. We are proud of the game that was created and are happy that it has received the positive response that it deserves. We are sorry the journey has ended this way."
For those holding out for Indivisible's remaining guest characters, which was set to include some recognizable indie faces, this is sad news. There is, however, a silver lining. Former Lab Zero employees recently banded together to form Future Club, a worker-owned studio where they can continue making games together. It might be curtains for Indivisible, but at least the people who made the game special are still finding ways to keep employing their craft together.