The long-anticipated open-world detective RPG Disco Elysium has a release date and it’s sooner than you may expect! Developer ZA/UM’s intricate translation of pen-and-paper character development to a stylish isometric world design caught our eyes immediately, with recent footage looking more promising than ever. While I will always gravitate to any game that tackles an impressionist art style, that is merely one of many inspired decisions guiding the development of Disco Elysium. The core gameplay promises a ceaselessly branching choice system inseparably tied with a series of crime cases to crack. Moral ambiguity appears to be the flavor of the game, testing your character’s ideals and demeanor in ever-unpredictable ways.
As someone who persisted through Alpha Protocol amongst its technical follies, I cannot wait for a similarly nuanced character study, perhaps with even more personal freedoms offered! The open world appears to lend itself to a copious amount of gameplay variety, from gunplay imbued with tangible consequence to visits to the karaoke bar. Every element of Disco Elysium seems to aid its world design, firmly entrenched in the sleaze of its noir setting. With your character positioned at the center of it all, you will no doubt meet unforgettable figures and carve out your own approach to justice.
An extensive skill system will work hand-in-hand with a dialogue system that promises to offer unprecedented depth, making Disco Elysium a far more freeform RPG than its peers. Not a single element of Disco Elysium looks to be less than meticulously crafted, down to its evocative soundtrack, making its status as a potential game changer more-and-more likely. Released on October 15th for PC, on Steam and GoG, no price tag has been announced for Disco Elysium but the promised 60+ hours of content is nothing less than enticing.
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