Andrii Korzinkin, an animator who worked on Metro Exodus (opens in a new tab) at Ukrainian studio 4A Games, was reportedly killed during a “combat mission” against Russian forces invading the country. News of Korzinkin’s death was shared on Twitter by Remedy game designer Leonid Stepanov, who previously worked with Korzinkin at 4A Games.
“Andrii ‘Nizrok’ Korzinkin (@korzinkin_3d) died during a combat mission in the struggle for independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” Stepanov tweeted. “A talented entertainer, an incredible person and a true hero. Rest in peace my friend. We all miss you.”
Andrii “Nizrok” Korzinkin (@korzinkin_3d) died during a combat mission in the struggle for independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. A talented animator, an incredible person and a true hero. Rest in peace my friend. We all miss you. https://t.co/2OC83CMdfU2 October 2022
Stepanov told PC Gamer that he befriended Korzinkin after joining 4A Games, where Korzinkin “was responsible for a lot of the animation of various characters and cutscenes.”
“We got to know each other better while working on common tasks,” Stepanov said. “I was immediately struck by his kind nature and desire to always help. Many of his other colleagues also noticed this trait. 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] was also an animator at the beginning of his professional journey,” said Stepanov. “That’s why Andrii studied other components of development to be able to do as much as possible on the way to his own project.”
Stepanov said he first became aware of Korzinkin’s death through a LinkedIn post made by a mutual friend. Later, another friend of Korzinkin also tweeted about attending the funeral.
“My first reaction was denial. That this was impossible, that this could not happen to Andrii,” he said. “And even later, when I myself made reposts of this terrible news, I hoped that everything would turn out to be a mistake. But then information about this was confirmed by other people. It was very painful. Now it remains only to keep wonderful memories of Andrii, pass them to other people and do everything so that his death will not be in vain.”
Other current and former developers at 4A Games also paid tribute to Korzinkin on social media.
“My friend, a talented animator and a great and humble person korzinkin_3d performing a combat mission died heroically defending Ukraine,” 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 someone I always wanted to be like as a professional. Rest in peace my friend.”
“Good person, good artist, good collaborator”, former 4A employee Denys Mischchenko said (opens in a new tab). “So many good moments in memory of Metro Exodus production. So sad, no words. Rest in peace bro.”
Andrii – there was only one animator in the world enthusiastic enough to animate nunchucks. We will never forget you pic.twitter.com/3c5TzK9QpM3 October 2022
“Andrii was a wonderful person, very responsive and helpful, always ready to help, an incredibly responsible and dedicated person,” Metro Exodus chief technical designer Vitalii Keda wrote on LinkedIn. (opens in a new tab) after “I have known him since our work together at 4A Games on Metro Exodus and he always stood out with his dry humor and strive for excellence. His positive attitude always fueled me to keep going and encouraged me not to hesitate to face difficulties. both professionally and personally. You will be missed, dear friend. Rest in peace.”
Andrii Krasavin, senior game designer on Metro Exodus, said he knew Korzinkin more professionally than personally, but described him as “ready to serve” in the face of the Russian invasion. “He’s from Mariupol and this horror has affected his family a lot,” Krasavin told PC Gamer via DM.
4A Games, which moved its headquarters (opens in a new tab) to Malta in 2014 after the first Russian invasion of Ukraine (it maintains a studio in Kyiv), has been outspoken about the fight for Ukrainian independence since the beginning of the Russian invasion in February. It joined other studios in deploring the second Russian invasion (opens in a new tab) and calling for support for the Armed Forces of Ukraine earlier this year, and beyond Independence Day of Ukraine (opens in a new tab) on August 24, it called on Ukrainians to “stand strong and brave” 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 animator Andrii ‘Nizrok’ Korzinkin, who was killed in action 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 honorably, in a military cemetery as one of the many heroes of Ukraine.
“Andrii joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine after the war with Russia started. In the early days of the war, he managed to help his parents escape from the city of Mariupol to Kyiv. We remember him as a talented animator who enjoyed Metro Exodus . ‘ mutants and creatures; and as a friend who was always positive and calm, 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 who joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine after the Russian invasion. Stepanov said he knows “eight people for sure” from the studio who are now serving in the army, some Krasavin confirmed.
“We have a few more guys on the front from the first few days [of the invasion],” Krasavin said. “First, some of them joined territorial defense, and after a while they were transferred to the battlefield. The rest trained and studied the military before the start to be ready, because in the last few peaceful months we all already knew this was going to happen.”
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