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Disco Elysium Writers and Art Director Involuntarily Left Developer ZA/UM

ZA/UM developer of Disco Elysee saw the departure of its screenwriters and artistic director. According to editor Martin Luiga on Medium, the trio haven’t worked at the studio since “late last year” and their departure was “involuntary”. The ZA/UM Cultural Association, which was the collective that developed Disco Elyseewas also disbanded although the ZA/UM studio still exists.

All three played a key role in the success of the RPG. While acting as a sole designer, Kurvitz worked as a writer with Helen Hindpere. Aleksander Rostov was the art director and confirmed on Twitter that all three were no longer at the studio.

As for the end of the ZA/UM Cultural Association, Luiga said: “I find that the organization was generally successful, and most of the mistakes that were made were contingent, determined by the socio-cultural conditions in which we were thrown away. I always encourage people to get organized, and I would say that one of the qualities that was sorely lacking in ZA/UM cultural organization was pretty much any formal structure.

As for the future of Disco Elysium’s sequel, Luiga voiced his concerns on Twitter, stating that things “are actually pretty sweet” and that “you might even get it right.” He notes that it can take “a ton of time”, but adds that “RPG fans are kind of used to waiting, aren’t they.”

Neither the trio nor Luiga have shared any details about the former’s departure from the studio. Time will ultimately tell how the sequel unfolds, so stay tuned. Disco Elysee is currently available for PS4, PS5, PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Google Stadia. Discover our opinion on The final cut version here. It also appears that ZA/UM is working on a sci-fi title being developed on Unreal Engine 5.