The developer will continue focusing on the development of their next title
A few members of Disco Elysium creating team have vacated their seats ‘Involuntarily’. Developer Martin Luiga’s, ZA/UM’s editor, recent Medium post confirmed the dissolution of the ZA/UM cultural association. The former founding member and Secretary of the ZA/UM cultural association put forward the reason for such an incident. He said, ‘the cultural organization is that it no longer represents the ethos it was founded on.’ Alongside, lead writer and designer Robert Kurvitz, writer Helen Hindpere, and lead of art and design Aleksander Rostov have left their places “involuntarily” since the end of last year. Rostov confirms this in his Twitter post.
Disco Elysium was and still is a collective effort and will focus on future projects: ZA/UM
Luiga took the issue a bit further in his reply to a comment on his post. He alleged the investors to be liable for the tragic departure of the core members that were behind the game. Besides, he also admitted that without the investors, the game may not come to life. Moreover, not having a formal structure has led the company insolvent to organize itself.
A report by IGN stated the response from ZA/UM where a spokesperson said, “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. 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.” And the next project that ZA/UM is emphasizing here much likely to be the sequel of Disco Elysium.
Disco Elysium is a single-player detective RPG title by ZA/UM. The game first came on Windows PC in 2019 followed by its release on other platforms in 2020 and 2021.