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News video games 04 October 2022, 12:27

author: Jacob Blazewicz

ZA/UM Responds to Scandal Surrounding Disco Elysium 2 and Staff Departures

The studio behind Disco Elysium has released a statement indicating that it is focusing on its next project and doesn't really want to talk about the departure of the key developers of this successful RPG.

ZA/UM responded to the day before yesterday's post regarding the departure of the leading developers of Disco Elysium.

Hailing from Estonia, the team did not elaborate much. In a post on Twitter it made no direct reference to the departures (allegedly involuntary) of Martin Luigi (co-founder and secretary of the ZA/UM cultural association), Robert Kurvitz (creative director of Disco Elysium), Helen Hindpere (chief screenwriter) and Alexander Rostov (art director).

Only the importance of "each member's contribution" was mentioned, without naming specific individuals. Other than that ZA/UM assured that the team is focused on the next project, about which we will learn more "soon." The company also blocked comments under the post, suggesting that it considers the matter closed for the time being and will not share further information on the dissolution of the crew to which we owe the creation of Disco Elysium.

The fact that a "project" was mentioned in the singular, also seems to undermine speculation that ZA/UM was working on more than one game.. Such rumors emerged after Internet users noticed mass recruitment of developers conducted by the studio and information from job listings, suggesting that the developers are planning a game quite different from Disco Elysium.

Jacob Blazewicz

Jacob Blazewicz

Graduated with a master's degree in Polish Studies from the University of Warsaw with a thesis dedicated to this very subject. Started his adventure with in 2015, writing in the Newsroom and later also in the film and technology sections (also contributed to the Encyclopedia). Interested in video games (and not only video games) for years. He began with platform games and, to this day, remains a big fan of them (including Metroidvania). Also shows interest in card games (including paper), fighting games, soulslikes, and basically everything about games as such. Marvels at pixelated characters from games dating back to the time of the Game Boy (if not older).