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A Disco Elysium television series is in the works

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Disco Elysium (opens in new tab) is one of the best RPGs to come along in years: "Part Planescape: Torment, part police procedural, part psychodrama," Andy Kelly said in his 92/100 review (opens in new tab), and when someone puts a game in the same league as Planescape, you know they're talking about something special.

Now it appears set to reach an even broader audience, as a Variety (opens in new tab) report says that developer ZA/UM has joined with production company DJ2 Entertainment (opens in new tab) to make a television series based on the game.

"We’re so gratified at the response Disco Elysium has received, and very happy to be teaming with DJ2 to expand the franchise for other media and new audiences," writer Helen Hindpere said.

The interactivity of videogames can be tricky to translate into passive media like television, but Disco Elysium might be a good candidate for it. Most RPGs are very combat-centric, but as Andy noted in his review, Disco Elysium "has a lot in common with visual novels and point-and-click adventures, with dense, branching dialogue and the ability to intimidate, charm, or bullshit your way out of tricky situations via several novels' worth of brilliantly strange, vibrant dialogue." 

"Disco Elysium is a phenomenal property with an expansive world and unlimited potential," DJ2 CEO and founder Dmitri M. Johnson said. "The DJ2 team is truly thrilled about this extraordinary opportunity to be part of it all."

It's still very early days, and there's no guarantee that Disco Elysium will actually make it to the small screen. The Variety report says there's currently no writer or network attached to the project, but DJ2 is now meeting with potential writers and expects to pitch the project later this year. The production company also has deals in place to produce live-action television shows based on other videogames including Vampyr, Life is Strange, Ruiner, and Little Nightmares.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.