The choice-laden open world of Disco Elysium advertises the chance to be whatever kind of detective you want. Next month, you'll be able to fulfill those dreams, or become a complete disaster of a sleuth trying. Disco Elysium is out on October 15 for PC, via Steam and GOG.
Disco Elysium is an open-world RPG where you play the role of a detective, solving cases and dealing with various vandals, suspects, and otherwise odd individuals. Though it looks like there is combat, a lot of your interactions seem to be through dialogue and investigation.
We haven't seen too much of it, but earlier this year USgamer contributor Doc Burford joined the Axe of the Blood God cast to wax poetic on its potential. It definitely sounds impressive on paper, with so many consequences and so much potential for branching narrative in your cases, tied into how your detective works. They could be a shining paragon of justice, or more likely in my case, a complete wreck of a man.
It's coming from ZA/UM as the studio's debut title. Its site says, "what started out as a Dungeons & Dragons campaign between friends is now a studio 20 strong." If Disco Elysium is its first effort, it's already looking like a confident foot forward for the group.
It feels like there's been a renaissance of mystery games lately, between this year's FMV snooping game Telling Lies and the wonderful Return of the Obra Dinn getting a port to consoles. I'm even playing a pretty compelling one right now, in AI: The Somnium Files. Looks like Disco Elysium is another I'll have to add to the growing list of virtual detective adventures.