Techland are fast turning into one of our favourite developers.
In a world where Easter Eggs are either increasingly disappointing, like Oryx’s basketball court in Destiny (which would be fine if people weren’t anticipating a tonne of loot) or quite frankly impossible to achieve, like the MGS V nuclear disarmament ending, which apparently requires the eradication of all nuclear weapons in the online game by all players simultaneously (and is frankly never going to happen).
It’s nice then, when someone comes along with something that genuinely makes you smile, and Techland have hit the nail on the head twice in as many weeks with some Dying Light secrets.
The Dying Light power mystery
First there was the Dying Light power mystery, which aside from being totally overdone by Kotaku as a piece of ‘investigative journalism’ was a rather entertaining sequence of events.
An electrical engineer, after an evening of merriment and song (read: he was absolutely trollied) got in touch to complain to (read: shout at) Techland because the electrical transformers and other electrical grid configurations in Harran were all wrong.
— c0mpl3x1ty (@c0mpl3x1ty1) September 25, 2015
His rant continued from there and I won’t bore you with all the details (Kotaku…) but suffice to say, it got the attention of the good people at Techland, who felt compelled to produce a response. And what a response it was:[youtube url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIl7og6WQqw” autoplay=”no”]
What happens when you call the Dying Light phone number?
It’s not an usual thing to see real-world phone numbers or websites buried into other entertainment. Barely a week went by of How I Met Your Mother without some real website – like InternationalSuitIUpDay.com or CanadianSexActs.org – going online to mimic the ones talked about in the show, but there was also that one episode where Barney held up his phone number at the Superbowl and got so many dates.
Here’s what happens if you call it:[youtube url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SETy6IMYmwk” autoplay=”no”]
It’s a stupid little thing, but it’s a neat way of getting people engaged, and Techland have introduced something very similar. There’s a Dying Light phone number that you can find all across Harran – on taxis, buses, billboards – and if you call it in the real world, you hear an interesting recorded message:[youtube url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64pioaaJ3uw” autoplay=”no”]
Which is cool in itself. But you may have noticed there’s the telltale beep of an answer machine at the end of that recording and, if you’re feeling chatty and don’t mind running up your phone bill, you can leave a message for the Harran City Hall at the Dying Light phone number. Presumably they’ll get back to you when the zombie apocalypse is sorted.
And Techland, ever the purveyors of their own brand of fun and lunacy, have put together a short video – Phonejacker-style – of their favourite Dying Light phone number calls.[youtube url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3uZBKXiVtA” autoplay=”no”]