Since its release in 2019, Elysium disk and consequently the developer ZA / UM they had given the impression of not being like the other studios, with a free and customizable RPG gameplay system and an internal policy that followed the values of ZA / UM Cultural Association, the collective of artists who gave life to the dystopian world urban fantasy.
However, a recent development - born also thanks to the popularity and sales of the game - may have put an end to the tale of this talented group.
According to what was revealed by the secretary and founding member of ZA / UM Martin Luigi, since last year several members who have given birth to Disco Elysium such as Robert Kurvitz (game designer), Alexander Rostov (lead artist) e Helen Hindpere (screenwriter) were unintentionally walked away from the studio, also announcing the definitive dissolution of the Cultural Association.
"I, Martin Luiga, founding member and secretary of the ZA / UM Cultural Association, as well as assembler of the main team, declare the dissolution of ZA / UM (not to be confused with the ZA / UM company, of which I would like to point out that neither Kurvitz, Hindpere or Rostov have been part of it since late last year after leaving the company unintentionally. Bad news for fans waiting for a sequel to Disco.)
The reason for the dissolution of the organization is that it no longer represents the ethics on which it was founded. People and ideas are made to remain eternal; organizations can be temporary. I think our organization has been a success and many of our mistakes have been caused by the socio-cultural conditions in which we have been inserted. I still advise artists to organize themselves, and I would say that one of the qualities in which ZA / UM sinned was the lack of a formal structure. "
Immediately after the release of the release, several fans of Disco Elysium have speculated on possible changes or modifications that will be applied to this elusive sequel. However, according to Luiga's words, changes will not be made.
Nah I think that things with the sequel are actually sweet enough, you might even get it the way it was meant, it might take a shit ton of time but RPG fans are sorta accustomed to waiting, ain't they
- ∞Luiga∞ (@martinluiga) October 1, 2022
"I think things are going well with the sequel, you might even get what was planned. It could take a long time.
but RPG fans are pretty used to waiting, right? "
Meanwhile, ZA / UM Studio communicated to the newspaper IGN the following press release:
“Like any video game, the development of Disco Elysium has been and still is a collective effort, with every team member and contribution essential.
Right now, we have no other comments to make than to confirm that the ZA / UM creative team will remain active on the development of our next project, and we look forward to sharing more news with you very soon. "