Interview: Raul Rubio Munnarriz talks Deadlight
For those that don’t know, what is Deadlight?
Tequila Works was founded in November 2009, when a group of old friends and talented veterans from Blizzard, MercurySteam, Weta, Triumph, SCEE and Pyro decided to focus on tasteful little creations. Something we could feel proud of. Most of us had worked together before, and our highlights include, among others, Diablo III, Heavy Rain, the Motorstorm and Commandos sagas, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow or Overlord II. Deadlight is a narrative driven experience. Randall is alone most of the time and his character is introverted and slightly paranoid. Deadlight’s story goes back to the character, it’s Randall’s inner journey. There are not hidden evils in the shadows, just you and your fears. I hope you enjoyed our last trailer. Then again, think what YOU would do in this situation. With no weapons or gadgets. We take so many things for granted! For example, the power of noise and using yourself as a life bait. When you are in a dead world, every little sound is amplified.
Randall Wayne is a very complex character. He is a Canadian park warden from Hope, B.C. Randall has a passion for crime fiction and espionage novel and has an interest in animal biology. He is introverted and slightly paranoid. Before the Massive Mess, Randall Wayne was an ordinary man with no great aspirations, but also without a heavy load on his shoulders. He married very young, at the age of 23, and had a daughter called Lydia 2 years later. Thanks to his long stays in the mountains and his job in the woods, Wayne acquired basic knowledge on weapons handling, survival skills and climbing. His abilities and lots of luck allowed him to survive long enough to become one of the last living persons in the Pacific Northwest.
The visual style and premise is reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road? Was that an inspiration?
We are huge fans of George A. Romero and 28 Days Later or we love novels like The Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z and Monster Nation. But Deadlight is about survival, not zombies. Normal people under really stressful situations. In that sense, our inspirations included novels like I Am Legend, Hello America, Cell comics like The Walking Dead and films like First Blood, and of course….. The Road. We wanted to transmit the solitude and isolation that Randall is feeling.