One of the founding members of Disco Elysium studio ZA/UM has revealed that several members of the team have left, and “their leaving the company was involuntary”.
In a succinct yet puzzling Medium post, Martin Luiga – a founding member of ZA/UM and seeming “secretary of the ZA/UM cultural association” – revealed that designer Robert Kurvitz, writer Helen Hindpere, and art director Aleksander Rostov havent worked at the company “since the end of last year”, “which would seem like bad news for the loving fans that are waiting for the Disco sequel”, Luiga said.
Heres the full content of the blog post:
“I, Martin Luiga, a founding member and Secretary of the ZA/UM cultural association, as well as the assembler of most of the core team, am hereby dissolving the ZA/UM cultural association (not to be confused with the ZA/UM company, on which subject 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. Which would seem like bad news for the loving fans that are waiting for the Disco sequel),” Luiga wrote (thanks Nibel, via PC Gamer).
— ∞Luiga∞ (@martinluiga) October 1, 2022
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“The reason for dissolving the cultural organisation is that it no longer represents the ethos it was founded on,” he added. “People and ideas are meant to be eternal; organisations may well be temporary.
“I find that the organisation was successful overall and most of the mistakes that were made were contingent, determined by the sociocultural conditions we were thrown into. I still encourage people to organise, and I would say that one of the qualities that the ZA/UM cultural organisation sorely lacked was pretty much any formal structure.”
“For a while, it was beautiful. My sincerest thanks to all that have rooted for us.”
The post is signed by Luiga, dated 1st October, and Luigas location is recorded as “Tallinn Inpatient Treatment Centre of Psychiatry Clinic, Ward IX”.
Although the post didnt accuse any one person for the problems at ZA/UM, in a subsequent comment, Luiga seems to implicate early investors.
Well update you as and when we find out more about this story.
A recent job posting revealed that ZA/UM is looking for artists with “a love of sci-fi and video games” and the ability to create “non-earth environments”.