Disco Elysium 2 Studio ZA/UM Has Reportedly Seen 'Involuntary' Departure of Key Staff Members

disco elysium 2 studio za/um has reportedly seen 'involuntary' departure of key staff members

According to reports, key members of the Disco Elysium team at developer ZA/UM have departed, as work on a sequel is currently underway, and, apparently, their departure from the studio was “involuntary”.

A post on Medium (via VGC) titled ‘The Dissolution of the ZA/UM Cultural Association’ by Disco Elysium editor Martin Luiga, claims that the game’s writer and designer Robert Kurvitz has been made to leave, alongside writer Helen Hindpere, and lead art and design developer Alexander Rostov.

“I would note that neither Kurvitz, Hindpere nor Rostov are working there since the end of last year and their leaving the company was involuntary,” Luiga writes. ”I find that the organization (the ZA/UM Cultural Association) was successful overall and most of the mistakes that were made were contingent, determined by the sociocultural conditions we were thrown into.”

He added: “I still encourage people to organize, and I would say that one of the qualities that the ZA/UM cultural organization sorely lacked was pretty much any formal structure.”

ZA/UM has released a statement regarding Luiga’s report, assuring that its focus remains on the development of the Disco Elysium sequel, which Luiga claimed was making “sweet enough” progress.

“Like any video game, the development of Disco Elysium was and still is a collective effort, with every team member’s contribution essential and valued as part of a greater whole,” the studio’s statement reads. “At this time, we have no further comment to make other than the ZA/UM creative team’s focus remains on the development of our next project, and we are excited to share more news on this with you all soon.”

No timeframe has been announced for the release of the sequel to Disco Elysium, and, given the quality of the brilliant first game, keep your fingers crossed for the arrival of the follow-up on consoles. Disco Elysium released for Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, and PC, as a Final Cut edition in October 2021.

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