Disco Elysium Developer ZA/UM Sued By Former Lead Designer Robert Kurvitz
The studio that created Disco Elysium has been named as the defendant in a new lawsuit from Robert Kurvitz, lead designer and Studio ZA/UM co-founder who was forced out of the company "involuntarily" late last year. The lawsuit is the latest twist in what appears to be a messy break-up between the key figures that created Disco Elysium and the studio that they founded.
As reported by Tech News Space, Estonia's Ministry of Justice website revealed records of the new lawsuit issued by Telomer, Kurvitz's personal company. A hearing is scheduled for November 28 where Telomer is applying to obtain information and review documents from ZA/UM.
Former ZA/UM editor and co-founder Martin Luiga confirmed the report on Twitter. Kotaku Australia noted that Kurvitz is a shareholder in the studio and speculated he might be trying to regain control of the Disco Elysium IP in order to continue work on the sequel.
Earlier this month, we found out that Disco Elysium's lead developers, including designer Robert Kurvitz, lead artist Aleksander Rostov, and lead writer Helen Hindpere were all "involuntarily" forced out of the company. This all occurred after new investors wanted to change the nature of the studio, leading to arguments with ZA/UM co-founders that ended with the entire leadership team leaving.
Luiga confirmed that the departures occurred late last year, which was "bad news for the loving fans that are waiting for the Disco Elysium sequel." In a statement to The Gamer, a ZA/UM spokesperson said that the company didn't wish to comment and the "creative team’s focus remains on the development of our next project."
It’s certainly possible that Kurvitz is attempting to wrest control of Disco Elysium away from his former studio, or the lawsuit could be related to the team’s wrongful termination, which was said to have been performed "under false premises."
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