Gaming Interviews

Published on February 11th, 2014 | by gareth


Dying Light Developers Interview Sheds New Light On The Evolution Of Horror Gaming

Recently I spoke with Tymon Smektala, Producer behind the upcoming Zombie Survival game Dying Light. Here are some selections from the full interview which will be appearing in our next magazine issue.


What is the background and setting for the game please?

Dying Light is a first-person action survival game set in a vast open world. The

action survival” part summarizes the unique gameplay experience that Dying Light

offers: players have to use their intelligence, agility, fighting prowess and

parkour skills to survive and succeed, because each encounter is an unique event

which requires split second decisions. Remember that natural movement system is not

only a fun way to travel around the world, if you don’t bust out fast they will get

you sooner than you think.


The game takes place in Harran – it’s a fictional city inspired by many real world

locations. The city is quarantined because of the zombie outbreak that took place a

several months before the start of the game. The thing that makes this setting

unique is the quarantine zone itself. It leads to a lot of interesting questions. Is

it possible to get out? What’s going on outside? Is there any help coming?


How are missions assigned and do the game storylines branch out based on

what you do and do not do on your missions?


As a follow up, will players have the option to not complete a main mission

and move on or will they be required to complete a mission to advance?


Let’s say I this way. Even if the quests, be it main or side quests, share the same

story background, they can be completed independently. It’s up to the player. What’s

more, when you play the game in co-op, all gamers can do different missions, most of

them at the same time – unless the story requires them to stick together. When we

say open world, we really mean it.


What can you tell us about the multiplay in the game and how many players it

will support and will it be drop in and drop out?


We boast a full four-player cooperation mode (local and online), but we can offer

you something more. It’s a competitive multiplayer game mode, available when

pre-ordering Dying Light (the PC digital versions for sale straight from the

producer at It’s called “Be the

Zombie” DLC.


Do you have a favorite weapon or strategy you would like to share with us?


We have lots of different weapon types and it’s hard to pick just one. What’s very

important is that we aim for each weapon type to feel differently. For example knife

is pretty fast and the feeling of fighting with it is great, but it has limited

range and it doesn’t deal too much damage in single strike. Different weapon types

supports the specific way you want to play.

About the Author

Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”. He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show. He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.

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