The Games We’re Looking Forward to in 2019

Since the month as started, we’ve seen a number of people writing about the games they’ve been looking forward to in 2019. Disco Elysium has even been featured in a few! We’ve been included in round-ups by Gamereactor, PCWorld, Videogamer, and PC Gamer wrote about us twice (1, 2). All that positive energy got us pretty motivated, and so we’ve decided to make a list of our own. We hope you’ll check out these games that the members of team ZA/UM are looking forward to in 2019 and support them with the same enthusiasm we are.

Arks, Writer
Most anticipated game of 2019…. It must be the “Sinking City” by Frogwares. I’ve been a huge H. P. Lovecraft fan ever since I read “The music of Eric Zahn” when I was sixteen and ever since the 2005 survival horror game “Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth”, there has been a bit of a void of Lovecraft games… Although I did also like the 2018 “Call of Cthulhu”, which received mixed reviews, I believe “Sinking City” is gonna be even better and I’m genuinely exited to play it.

Liisi Laasik, Programmer
Civilization 6: Gathering Storm. For an expansion it brings a lot of new cool mechanics to the game and I’m a die hard fan of the Civ franchise. Their expansions are always crazy expensive on launch, but I rarely have enough patience to wait for the first sale, and Firaxis knows they’ve got me 🙁

Siim Raidma, Technical Artist and Graphics Programmer
I do hope William Chyr Studio releases Manifold Garden this year, I’ve been following the development for 2-3 years and am sold many times over. It’s a first person puzzle game with recursive space and gravity mindbendery so it’s right up my alley. 🍒

Robert Kurvitz, Lead Designer
I’m super into researching different desktop role playing systems right now and am waiting for fantasy Flight Games to release as many juicy expansions and sourcebooks to Legend of Five Rings RPG as they can. Which they always do. L5R is custom made to facilitate feudal japanese rpg stuff, so not flexible in any way, but the skill system that foregoes Attributes like Strength for elemental-philosophical approaches to things you wanna accomplish (like Void or Water) is super interesting.

Kaur Kender, Executive Producer

Eduardo Rubio, Animator
For me the game of 2019 I’m most looking forward to is Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Since I discovered Fromsoftware with Darksouls 2 I’ve become a fan of the studio and am really looking forward to see what they are capable of without the constraints of online multiplayer Dark Souls and Bloodborne had.

Markus Rondo, Developer
I’m really looking forward to Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes. I loved both of the No More Heroes games on the Wii. Even though the gameplay is different, it looks like fun and I’m excited for the No More Heroes universe expanding. I respect trying out different things with a franchise either out of necessity or to just discover new horizons.

Aleksander Rostov, Art Director
Pathologic 2. Looking forward to it because it’s the only game left that matters.

Danielle Woodford, UK Community Manager
If I’m being honest the game I’m probably most anticipating this year is Animal Crossing. Let’s just say am I glad I didn’t let anyone film my reaction to Nintendo’s sneaky but cheeky announcement as it was most certainly a rollercoaster of emotions! New Leaf 3DS came out waaaay back in 2012 and I can’t wait to see what the team has been working on and what new features might be in the game. I’m a little apprehensive following Pocket Camp but I’m hoping this new game is full of cute and charming fun just like the original. I play a wide range of games but Animal Crossing is one of my favourite games to retreat into and relax!

Ott Madis Ozolit, Technical Producer
I’m looking forward to Anthem mostly because I am a massive Bioware fanboy. It does seem like something that I could have a good time with, playing with friends. The new universe also seemed intriguing from what was shown from the early demos, but I remain skeptical. Since it’s already coming out on 22nd of February, I can see for myself soon enough.

EMiSpicer, US Producer
I’ve been keeping an eye on Consume Me by Jenny Jiao Hsia and AP Thomson for years, and its a game I’m really looking forward to. I adore both the duo’s previous work and what I’ve seen of this game so far at various events, plus all the little process images and gifs Jenny has shared on her Twitter. The game doesn’t presently have a release date, but maybe I’ll get lucky and 2019 will be the year I get to add it to my library!


Join us on Discord!

Happy 2019 everyone! We hope you had a lovely celebration, and your resolutions are off to a great start.

With the opportunity for a clean slate upon us, we decided to apply that fresh start energy to our Discord. We’ve created several new channels so we can get to know you all better, and intend to post about our upcoming plans there first. Several members of Team ZA/UM hang out in there as well so you can interact with us a little more directly.

There’s some pretty big news on the horizon, so we hope you’ll hang out on Discord and celebrate with us while it’s revealed. We’re excited for the new year and hope you are too.

We are also bringing back our Follow Friday series, so we hope you’ll join us each week to meet more of the team. Be sure to follow us on Twitter so you don’t miss out, and like us on Facebook while you’re at it. Thanks for all your support! 


ZA/UM’s Best of 2018

We’re almost at the end of the year, which means many folks have been sharing their favourite things about 2018. Since Disco Elysium is a game influenced by many kinds of mediums, we thought it would be fun to share the many kinds of works that have kept us inspired as we’ve worked. We hope you enjoy this collection of recommendations from the team at ZA/UM!

Jaagup Irve, Developer
Favourite Game of 2018: Helldivers
Looking at Steam history I only bought Frostpunk, Cultist Simulator and Obra Dinn, but those aren’t my Game of the Year. I discovered Helldivers and it works just so well on a couch with a controller and those friends who enjoy being accidentally hit by friendly fire that there’s no contender for my Game of the Year. Some alcohol might have been involved.

Favourite anything of 2018: Ziggy, our studio dog.
I have been a cat person all my life, but Ziggy made me reconsider my evil ways. Whilst I’m not running to buy myself a bucketful of corgies I’m slowly becoming a dog and cat person due to those cute muddy paws of hers.

Siim-Kosmos Sinamäe, Line Producer
Favourite Game of 2018: Tiny Tanks 
I’ve yet to meet a cook who, after a long day working the kitchen, goes home to prepare themselves a restaurant class meal. Usually they fry some eggs and have a slice of bread to go with it. I suffer from the same syndrome – rarely do I sit down to play video games, creating the best game in the world seems to make it irrelevant. Yet whenever it happens, I enjoy it quite a lot – at MAG Erfurt this year, I played a game called Tiny Tanks, created by some funky people at the booth next to us. It’s a physics based party game with very cool mechanics and I had a blast playing it.

Favourite Movie of 2018: Cronofobia by Francesco Rizzi
Obsessive grief and guilt converge in this rather unconventional love story, if I even dare call it that. I hopped into the cinema without knowing anything about this movie and it kept me on the edge of my seat for the whole of it. As I originate from a small-town in the local midlands, I am allowed to cry once a year, and I spent that allowance on this movie.

Yuan Zhang, Chinese Community Manager
Favourite Game of 2018: Root
A board game.. it’s fantastic

Favourite Manga of 2018: Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma
I feel a bit shame to say I like them a lot out loud but look at those fooooods man

Ott Madis Ozolit, Technical Producer
Favourite Game of 2018: Mass Effect: Andromeda 
Even though it was released in 2017 and I played it on release, I still re-played it again fully in 2018 just because of the impression the game left me with. Art direction issues notwithstanding, for me it’s the best Mass Effect game to date. The story was gripping enough for me to latch on and the gameplay was the best in the series. Even though there were a lot of new releases in 2018 which I was looking forward to, I only really found time for Andromeda, aside from my usual preferences, just to get the full experience of the game again.

Favourite Album of 2018: Snow Patrol’s Wildness
After waiting for nearly seven years, Snow Patrol’s spanking new collection Wildness is something to behold. As with every new release, they experiment heavily and it really works. Honorable mention to Florence + the Machine’s opus High as Hope.

Kaur Kender, Executive Producer

Liisi Laasik, Programmer
Favourite Game of 2018: Rimworld
I was addicted to Dwarf Fortress, although I wasn’t a hardcore enough fan to fully appreciate the minimalist graphics and lack of statistics data. Rimworld took the brilliant game mechanics and improved upon them with a solid UI and nice visuals. Also, being a Firefly fan, I totally love the space-country music.

Favourite Movie of 2018: Hotel Artemis
This was a totally random movie selection and I had no previous knowledge nor expectations towards it. The setting, characters and plot progression however were all extremely stylish and cool. My best surprise movie of 2018.

Kaspar Tamsalu, Concept Artist
Favourite Game of 2018: Hollow Knight
It got its final update some time in the spring and since then I’ve been grinding away at it in my free time. HK has enjoyable gameplay beautifully balanced with great aesthetics and sound in an original little (under)world.
Currently I’m in my first playthrough of Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden. I’m not sold on the story yet, but I’m intrigued by the way this game handles exploration, stealth and combat.

Favourite TV Show of 2018: Sharp Objects
I was glued to the screen during the run on HBO. I’m not sure which one I dig more – Rectify or this. They’re both so beautifully depressing.

Stein Andrian Lindmäe, Animation Programmer
Favourite Game of 2018: Overwatch

Favourite Other Thing of 2018: Unity 2018.3

Siim Raidma, Technical Artist and Graphics Programming
Favourite Game of 2018: Epic Games Store
It’s not a game and it crashed several times before starting up but there’s no denying Steam has been in dire need of competition. As much as I love, I am also aware that my little relatives live and breathe Fortnite and it’s a brilliant chance to serve them some indie titles on the side.

Favourite Book of 2018: “Tears and Tantrums: What to Do When Babies and Children Cry” by Aletha Jauch Solter
My current bedside read, picked it up to understand the little one but ended up learning about control patterns I use when processing my own stress and emotions as well. Thanks, book!

Markus Rondo, Developer
Favourite Game of 2018: Mario Tennis Aces
So basically concering games I’ve been living in 2017. This year I’ve played and really enjoyed Battle Brothers, Battle Chef Brigade, Hollow Knight and several others. But the three games I’ve played from this year have all been good experiences also. The best one being Mario Tennis Aces. The Jackbox Party Pack 5 and Quarantine Circular get honorable mentions because they all come from completely different genres.

Favourite Movie of 2018: Bad Poems

Arks, Writer
Favourite Game of 2018: Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri
It came out in 1998 if I remember correctly – it has been my best gaming experience this year… and most years before that.

Favourite TV Show of 2018: The Terror

Danielle Woodford, UK Community Manager
Favourite Game of 2018: Slay the Spire
The game I have played most this year would have to be this. Although it’s been in Early Access for over a year the team have been updating the game every 2 weeks and the game has an overwhelmingly positive rating on Steam. I enjoy the fact that each run can be completely different and there are lots of ways to change up your decks. If you enjoy roguelikes and are also a fan of Hearthstone like myself, check it out!

Favourite Movie of 2018: Searching
I won’t say too much because I think it’s best experienced without any prior knowledge but it’s the film that surprised me the most. I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much.

EMiSpicer, US Producer
Favourite Game of 2018: Florence
Like many others, I was taken in by its wonderful illustrative style, its beautiful soundtrack, along with its ability to convey emotion and experience through its thoughtfully designed mechanics. Being the short story equivalent of a game also worked to its advantage for me; I prefer compact, focused experiences in the games I play and Florence absolutely delivered that.

Favourite Album of 2018: Kero Kero Bonito’s Time ‘n’ Place
This is a completely solid music release, and one I can’t seem to stop mentioning. I’ve been following the band since an early point in their career, and I’m so impressed by the growth this record shows. It can be easy to stay comfortable in a style of sound, especially when you’ve achieved the popularity that KKB has, so the fact that they’ve chosen to evolve further is that much more impressive. I love how they were able to retain some of the pop stylings that lead to their initial success while incorporating more chaotic elements into their instrumentation. I was also lucky enough to catch one of their full-band performances when they toured this year, and the show was incredibly fun. Honorable mentions to Jeff Rosenstock’s Post- and Hop Along’s Bark Your Head Off, Dog.