Andrii Korzinkin, animator who worked on Metro Exodus (Opens in a new tab) At Ukrainian studio 4A Games, he was reportedly killed during a “combat mission” against Russian forces invading the country. News of Korzinkin’s death was shared on Twitter by Remedy gameplay designer Leonid Stepanov, who previously worked with Korzinkin at 4A Games.
“Andrii ‘Nizrok’ Korzinkin (@korzinkin_3d) died while on a combat mission in the fight for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Stepanov said. “A very talented entertainer, an awesome person and a true hero. Rest in peace my friend. We all miss you.”
Andrii “Nizrok” Korzinkin (@korzinkin_3d) died while on a combat mission in the fight for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. A talented entertainer, an awesome person and a true hero. Rest easy, my friend. We all miss you. https://t.co/2OC83CMdfUOctober 2, 2022
Stepanov told PC Gamer that he became friends with Korzinkin after joining 4A Games, where Korzinkin was “responsible for a lot of the animation for various characters and scenes.”
“We got to know each other better while working on common tasks,” Stepanov said. “I was immediately impressed by his friendly nature and willingness to always help. This quality was noticed by many of his colleagues. And, of course, his technical skills were amazing.”
Korzinkin was passionate about developing and playing games, Stepanov said, and was inspired by the work of God of War creative director Cory Barlog. “[Barlog] he was also an animator at the beginning of his professional career,” said Stepanov. “Therefore, Andrii was looking at other components of development so that he could do as much as possible on the way to his project.”
Stepanov said he learned of Korzinkin’s death through a LinkedIn message from a mutual friend. Later, another friend of Korzinkin’s also tweeted to attend the funeral.
“My first reaction was denial. That this is impossible, that this could not happen to Andrii,” he said. “And even later, when I was reviewing this terrible news myself, I hoped that everything was a mistake. But then the information about it was confirmed from other people. It was very painful. Now it remains only. keep the wonderful memories of Andrii, pass them on to others to some people and do everything so that his death will not be in vain.”
Other current and former 4A Games developers also paid tribute to Korzinkin on social media.
“My friend, a talented animator and a great and humble person korzinkin_3d was on a combat mission and died heroically defending Ukraine.” he tweeted (Opens in a new tab) Animator Serhii Krystiev, who worked with Korzinkin on Metro Exodus. “I have no words to describe this loss. He was a person I always wanted to be like as a professional. Rest in peace my friend.”
“A good person, a good artist, a good colleague,” former 4A employee Denys Mischchenko he said (Opens in a new tab). “So many good times in memory of the Metro Exodus production. So sad, speechless. Rest in peace bro.”
Andrii – was the only animator in the world with enough passion to animate nunchucks. We will never forget you pic.twitter.com/3c5TzK9QpMOctober 3, 2022
“Andrii was an amazing human being, very responsive and caring, always ready to help, an incredibly responsible and dedicated person,” Metro Exodus lead technical designer Vitalii Keda wrote in a LinkedIn post. (Opens in a new tab) the message “I’ve known him since we worked together at 4A Games on Metro Exodus and he always stood out for his dry humor and pursuit of excellence. His positive attitude always inspired me to keep going and never hesitate to face difficulties. both professionally and personally. He will be missed. , dear friend. Rest in peace.”
Andrii Krasavin, Metro Exodus’ senior game designer, said he knew Korzinkin professionally rather than personally, but described him as “ready to be of service” in the face of a Russian invasion. “He’s from Mariupol and this horror touched his family a lot,” Krasavin told PC Gamer via DM.
4A Games, moved its headquarters (Opens in a new tab) Following the first Russian invasion of Ukraine in Malta in 2014 (he maintains a studio in Kiev), he has spoken about Ukraine’s struggle for independence since the Russian invasion began in February. He joined other studios in denouncing the second Russian invasion (Opens in a new tab) and at the beginning of the year to ask for help from the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and so on Ukrainian Independence Day (Opens in a new tab) on August 24, he called on Ukrainians to be “strong and courageous” in the “struggle for independence”.
A few days after Stepanov tweeted about Korzinkin’s death, the studio confirmed it with photos and a statement shared on Twitter.
“Today we mourn 4A Games cheerleader Andrii ‘Nizrok’ Korzinkin, who died on September 24 while defending his country near the city of Mykolaiv,” 4A said. “Andrii was born in Mariupol on April 7, 1989. He was buried with honor, in a military cemetery, among the many heroes of Ukraine.
“Andrii joined the Ukrainian Armed Forces after the start of the war with Russia. In the early days of the war, he managed to help his parents escape from the city of Mariupol to Kiev. We remember him as a talented animator who enjoyed Metro Exodus. ‘mutants and creatures; and he was always positive and calm. as a friend, who loved board games and time at the gym. Our thoughts are with his family and all defenders of Ukraine.”
Korzinkin is not the only 4A Games employee to join the Ukrainian Armed Forces after the Russian invasion. Stepanov said he knew “for sure eight people” from the studio who are now serving in the military, Krasavin confirmed.
“From the first days we have more guys in the front line [of the invasion]”Krasavin said. “First, some of them entered the territorial defense, and after some time, they were taken to the battlefield. The rest were training and studying the military to prepare before starting, which we all already knew was going to happen in the last few peaceful months.’
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