Update 10/03/22: ZA/UM has released the following statement: “Like video games, the development of Disco Elysium was and remains a collaborative effort. As every team member’s involvement is important and valuable as a part of a greater community, at this time we have no further comments so that apart from ZA/UM’s creative team, the focus remains on making develop our next project And we are excited to share more news about this with you all very soon.”
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Martin Luiga, founding member of Studio ZA/UM and editor of Disco Elysium, PC Gamer’s Game of the Year and Top 100, has announced the “dissolution of the ZA/UM Cultural Association” via a post on Medium (first spotted by an independent journalist, ZA/UM). Nibel on Twitter).
Luiga described ZA/UM’s “cultural association” as being different from the company, and claimed that Disco Elysium’s lead designer Robert Kurvitz, writer Helen Hindpere and art director Aleksander Rostov accidentally left the company at the end of 2021.
On October 2, Rostov Tweet that he, Kurvitz and Hindpere are no longer in the studio. and signed the message saying it came from all three
Luiga confirmed that ZA/UM is a cultural project. Luiga explained that he believed ZA/UM was a success and that “most of the mistakes that have been made are accidental. which is determined by the sociocultural conditions we face.”
We confirmed that we are no longer at the studio — Aleksander Rostov, Robert Kurvitz, Helen Hindpere.October 2, 2022
In response to comments about Medium (Opens in a new tab)Luiga appears to be blaming ZA/UM investors for the change in character and the departure of key team members. Luiga also admitted that he doesn’t know if ZA/UM will be able to fund itself without the support. from those investors “It’s beautiful for a while,” Luica concludes. “A heartfelt thank you to everyone who rooted for us.”
Luiga signed the post, writing from the “Tallinn Inpatient Treatment Center of Psychiatry Clinic, Ward IX.” Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, was where ZA/UM first gathered. I’m not sure if the location signature is a true indication of the Luiga’s current state or if it’s an extremely dark joke. I sincerely hope Martin Luiga is safe and well.
Luiga, Kurvitz, Hindpere and Rostov were all members of the punk group that eventually became Studio ZA/UM, as noted in various interviews. And the Disco Elysium art book, in particular, Kurvitz and Hindpere, is driving the acclaimed screenplay. And Rostov’s impressionist art style remains one of the defining features of the game.
For the sequel with the job titles mentioned. “Love of science fiction and space.” Luiga doesn’t seem as concerned about it as you might expect. in another place TweetHe wrote, “I think things in the sequel are sweet enough. You might get it as it should. It might take a lot of time, but RPG fans are pretty familiar with the wait, right?” .
We have contacted Studio ZA/UM for comment. and will update this story if it receives a response.