Disco Elysium is never getting a sequel or spin-off, says final original writer to be laid off at ZA/UM

The final author who labored on the unique Disco Elysium to be laid off by ZA/UM has stated that he believes that it “will eternally keep a one-game studio”, amid layoffs which can be reportedly coming as a part of the cancellation of an enlargement for the sport.

It’s been a turbulent time for these working on the studio that launched the very distinctive and fascinating detective recreation again in 2019, as a documentary launched by People Make Games in Could final 12 months explored.

Now, in keeping with a report from GLHF, ZA/UM is planning to make someplace within the area of 24 employees redundant after the studio cancelled a standalone Disco Elysium enlargement. This challenge, codenamed X7, was reportedly “one to 2 years away from completion”, and if it’s been known as off, it might be a part of a Disco Elysium sequel and an unnamed new sci-fi recreation on the listing of initiatives that ZA/UM has both deserted or paused lately.

In a separate report, two of the writers on X7, Argo Tuulik and Dora Klindžić have mentioned the present environment on the studio, with Tuulik, the final author from the unique Disco Elysium to be left on the studio, suggesting that he thinks it “will eternally keep a one-game studio.”

“The people of ZA/UM, the cultural motion, have left the company physique behind just like the King Cobra slithering out of its useless pores and skin,” he stated: “Keep in mind, we promised: Un jour je serai de retour près de toi.”

Klindžić, in the meantime, instructed GLHF that “the final two months of X7 had been rife with crunch, burnout and battle”, and likened having joined the studio in 2022 to “being born into Yugoslavia within the ’90s”.

The report describes a gathering led by ZA/UM CEO Ilmar Kompus, his brother-in-law Tõnis Haavel and studio president Ed Tomaszewski, which noticed the cancellation of X7 be introduced together with redundancies. This was reportedly adopted by letters from HR being delivered to affected employees that Tuulik alleges instructed them “that every worker is gonna have a rating assigned to them primarily based on objectively utilized choice standards and the bottom scoring individuals are gonna go on the chopping board.”

Klindžić additionally claimed concerning the layoffs and points round X7: “loads of the individuals who had been impacted the toughest and who raised complaints about working situations ended up being the individuals focused for redundancy at present.”

We at VG247 have reached out to ZA/UM about these reviews and can replace this text as quickly as is feasible if/after we obtain a response or if ZA/UM points a public assertion.

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