The latest developer diary from Lienzo for action-adventure game Mulaka details the rich and fearsome creatures from the mythology of northern Mexico’s indigenous Tarahumara people.
If you’ve not heard of Mulaka before (don’t worry, this one’s a new one on me too) it’s a 3D action-adventure game that’s inspired by the myths and oral traditions of the Tarahumara (or Rarámuri) who are Native American people of northwestern Mexico. Working closely with the Tarahumara elders and anthropologists, the team at Lienzo (the team behind 2016 title Hunter’s Legacy) are bringing a truly original tale to life with as much authenticity as possible.
The latest developer diary titled “Behind Mulaka”, the second in a three part series (you can watch part 1 here), details some of the rich indigenous culture and mythological beasts that appear in the game including the behemoth vegetation god Ganó, to the mantis-like race of the Seeló, Lienzo has adapted a wide range of creatures and deities for Mulaka, drawn directly from stories the Tarahumara.
Lienzo’s Guillermo Vizcaino had this to say;
“Mechanically and story-wise, the game draws heavily from the mythological aspects of the Tarahumara culture, the vast and rich lore that expands on both the mundane and the grand, from the smallest insect to the cosmic hierarchy of the sun, moon, dusk and dawn,”
Adolfo Aguirre, also from Lienzo, added;
“For us, it was very important that this was a project about the Tarahumara people with as much involvement as we could possibly get from them. Mulaka is a celebration of all their glory and we couldn’t have done it without them.”
If you’re fortunate enough to be attending PSX in Anaheim this weekend, make sure to stop by Booth #91 where Mulaka will be playable and the devs will be on hand to chat about the game.
Mulaka is scheduled to release on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC early next year, 2018.
Our Take: The attention to detail and dedication to authenticity is impressive here which means that Mulaka could be something quite special indeed. This seems like it could be one of these special games like Never Alone that shines a light on fascinating mythology which make for interesting games. Keep an eye out for Mulaka.