How do you make the all-time best RPG?
At EGX Birmingham this week, members of the press and public will have a chance to go hands-on with hotly-anticipated hardboiled-cop-show-meets-isometric-RPG Disco Elysium. But for attendees on Friday 21 September, ZA/UM Studio has another treat in store: a developer panel in the EGX Theatre, which will give fans the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes on the game’s development.
Titiled ‘Disco Elysium – What happens when you’re aiming to create the best RPG of all time?’, the panel will offer unique insight into one of the most exciting games on the horizon. Hosted by veteran games journalist Alex Wiltshire (EDGE, Rock Paper Shotgun), both Art Director Aleksander Rostov and Lead Designer and Writer Robert Kurvitz will be on hand to discuss the aims of the development team, and the challenges that they have faced along the way.
In Disco Elysium the player must solve an open ended case in a unique urban fantasy setting. Kick in doors, interrogate suspects, or just get lost exploring the gorgeously rendered city of Revachol. What kind of cop you are — is up to you. You play a disgraced lieutenant detective in Revachol West, a shore town where corruption’s out of control, murders go unsolved, and the kids just wanna dance (creepy Footloose?).
The game’s original skill system makes your innermost feelings, doubts, and memories an integral part of every conversation. Level up your rational faculties, sharpen your wits, or give in to your basest instincts. What kind of cop you are is up to you.
Key features of the game include:
• A massive, open-ended case you can solve however you choose.
• An utterly unique urban fantasy setting where bell-bottoms meet muzzle-loaders.
• Set-piece combat sequences you can avoid or dive into at your peril.
• Develop your own cop persona with 24 colourful skills.
• Ditch your cop uniform for real disco threads to impress, intimidate, or seduce.
• An inventory for your thoughts where you can research clues and then put them to use in the game.
• Original score by the rock’n’roll band British Sea Power.
If you’re attending EGX be sure to check out Disco Elysium, but in the meantime you can head to their Steam page.
Kate has been gaming since she could control a mouse. In addition to having a penchant for indie games, Kate had a World of Warcraft account when she was far too young, and has a weakness for any game with ‘RPG’ in the description.