An open world RPG filled with choices galore and nearly anything goes attitude comes in the form of Disco Elysium from developer and publisher ZA/UM.
The setup is simple. Players take on the role of a detective in the noir-like city of Revachol who also happens to have a particular set of skills. In this case a unique skill system at one’s disposal as they cut their path through a city.
Freedom of choice gives players an obscene amount of control over their character. They can choose to interrogate the various unforgettable characters, solve murders or just take some bribes. So many options are available. Players can also intimidate, sweet-talk, resort to violence, write poetry, sing karaoke, dance like a beast or even talk the meaning of life. The choice is up to the player. Do they want to be a hero or a walking dumpster fire?
Several different customization options lets players develop the character they want. With 24 different skills players can mix and match what they want. Through the detective’s Thought Cabinet players can develop their character more with 60 wild thoughts to think. In addition there are 60 clothes items to get the right style and 14 different tools to wield that includes flashlights, guns, a boombox, or a cocktail filled with 6 different psychoactive substances.
As players carve a path through the world they will encounter many interesting characters. After-all the world is alive with real people who have their own issues. One can play them against each other, simply give them a hand with a little help, or find that soulmate and fall in love. Disco Elysium’s dialog system lets players do almost anything.
Death, sex, taxes, and even disco. It’s all on the table and the world is up for grabs with real challenges. From the streets to the beaches and beyond. As far as the citizens are concerned the detective decides and the citizens abide.
ZA/UM (@studioZAUM Twitter) is a developer and publisher that started as a cultural movement to unite artists, writers, entrepreneurs, and activists in 2009. As a game studio ZA/UM has been active for the past 5 years that started out as a Dungeons & Dragons campaign between friends. Now the studio is 20 strong and Disco Elysium is their first title.