Key Members of Disco Elysium’s Development Team, Including Lead Designer Robert Kurvitz, Reportedly Leaving ZA/UM
It appears that key members of the ZA/UM development team – the studio behind Disco Elysee – are no longer with the company or are no longer working on a sequel to the excellent RPG. That’s according to a blog post by Martin Luiga, a founding member of the ZA/UM cultural association that predates the development society.
Luiga’s blog post claims that the ZA/UM cultural association has now been disbanded, although ZA/UM – the game development company – is apparently still active. However, lead designer Robert Kurvitz, art director Aleksander Rostov, and lead writer Helen Hindpere are all listed by name as having involuntarily left ZA/UM since late 2021, according to the post.
In some context, ZA/UM was originally founded as an art and music collective, as detailed in a 2020 GamesRadar feature. It is said that when it was founded, ZA/UM simply wanted to open a creative outlet and thus brought together artists and writers who created music, paintings and books – including Kurvitz’s novel Sacred and terrible airwhich takes place in the same world as Disco Elysium.
In some follow-up tweets [1, 2], Luiga mentions that a sequel may still happen, but it may take a long time to come to fruition. He also notes that “the money people come from a background that says you have to grab it when you can even though it doesn’t actually make much economic sense.”
We’ve shared the post below in full.
I, Martin Luiga, founding member and secretary of the ZA/UM cultural association, together with the assembler of most of the core team, hereby dissolve the ZA/UM cultural association (not to be confused with the ZA/UM company, in this regard I would note that neither Kurvitz, Hindpere nor Rostov have worked there since the end of last year and their departure from the company was involuntary. loving fans waiting for Disco’s sequel.)
The reason for the dissolution of the cultural organization is that it no longer represents the ethos on which it was founded. People and ideas are meant to be eternal; organizations may well be temporary. I find the organization successful overall and most of the mistakes that were made were contingent, determined by the socio-cultural conditions we were thrown into. I always encourage people to organize themselves, and I would say that one of the qualities that was sorely lacking in ZA/UM cultural organization was pretty much any formal structure.
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