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Detective RPG Disco Elysium Launching On October 15

Gaming article by Richard Costa on September 21, 2019 at 8:00 AM
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Earlier this year, I wrote that I hoped to see more of Disco Elysium at E3 2019, which didn't happen, but I did correctly predict that it would launch this year. Indie studio ZA/UM has announced that the eccentric and "hellishly ambitious" open-world isometric CRPG is coming to Steam and GOG on October 15. The announcement comes with a release date and features trailer, which you can see below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqVzFjna00Y

 

Disco Elysium has the potential to be a truly groundbreaking isometric CRPG, though that is highly contingent on execution. The developers talk of an "insane amount of choice and consequence." You'll play as a detective with a unique skill system that you can use to carve your path across a whole open-world city. As you interrogate characters, crack murders or take bribes, your detective character can become a hero, a prophet, a madman, or perhaps even the "greatest detective the world has ever seen," which sounds like a hardcore mode where you have to make all the correct deductions by picking up all sorts of clues.

According to the developers, Disco Elysium will offer a 60-hour playthrough in a unique urban fantasy setting, with an open world that you can approach in any order or direction. The main questline features a massive open-ended case with many side investigations as well. The game also boasts countless features for roleplaying, beginning with 24 skills to upgrade, over 80 different clothing items (which apparently impact gameplay), 12 detection tools, and eight psychoactive substances. I mean, Sherlock Holmes did have a cocaine habit.

 

I've been looking forward to this game since it was still known as No Truce With The Furies (an equally cool name, though more verbose), and I can't wait to try it out at some point. You can already wishlist it on Steam and GOG. You can also follow the studio on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Are you looking forward to Disco Elysium? Will it deliver on its ambitious ideas? Let us know in the comments below!

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Richard Costa

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Hack for hire, indentured egghead, maverick thoughtcriminal. Mainly interested in Western RPGs, first-person immersion, turn-based tactics, point-and-clickers, and card jousting.