"You won't have to do that. This book... It's gonna be good. I promise. I just need some more time, OK?"
Evan Wright, also known as The Writer, is a playable character in Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number. Evan Wright is a veteran journalist turned writer. He is currently researching and writing a book about the 1989 Masked Maniac killings, but has reached some dead ends.
He generally uses his friend, Detective Manny Pardo, to get leads. Evan holds this book very closely to his heart, and his three scenes all feature him willingly traversing areas he understands are dangerous in search of information to include in it.
His community assets can be found here.
Events in Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Edit
Evan was a war correspondent during the Hawaiian Conflict. On March 17th he is seen interviewing a helmeted officer before he asked his photographer to get two quick Polaroid photos of Beard and Jacket.
Early November 1991Edit
On November 5th, Writer is attending Jacket's trial, taking notes. The trial reveals that Jacket's phone message tapes are missing, and that Jacket has explained to his defense attorney that he believes agents within the Russian Mafia were behind the messages. The Police Chief confirms that calls to Jacket's apartment appear to have been made from a mob-associated hang out called The Golden Truck Stop.
As court is adjourned for the day, Evan gets up and calls his personal friend, Manny Pardo, asking him for anyone he can talk to about The Golden Truckstop. Pardo is reluctant, but Evan vaguely insists Pardo "owes him one." Pardo gives him the location of a Russian mobster, Petrov, in a local bath house.
On his way out of the courthouse, Writer sees Alex and Ash protesting along with some disinterested party girls from Down Under. Across from them and behind some demonstrators is Biker, showing that he's returned to Miami. Evan hails a cab due to his lack of personal car, and takes it to the Russian bath house.
Upon arriving at the bath house he is denied entry for not being a VIP by the Russian VIP Guard serving as doorman. Apparently either snapping or clumsily attempting to knock the VIP Guard out, Evan beats the doorman to death. Visibly panicked, he attempts CPR but fails to revive the doorman. Notably not returning to the cab, he rushes inside and shouts for someone to call an ambulance. He progresses into the bath house, where he's attacked by Russian guards and dispatches them, notably only severely maiming his victims instead of killing them by default. Despite heavy resistance, he pushes onto the next floor and makes his way past more guards to Petrov.
Petrov demands to know who Evan is. Evan starts to introduce himself but cuts himself short, determining that a bad idea. He instead tells him that he's writing a book on the "Mask Maniac" and that his friend Detective Pardo sent him. Petrov comments Pardo's a bad friend for sending Evan to such a dangerous place, to which Evan agrees. Petrov, admiring that Evan fought his way to him and risked his life just for a lead, gives him two questions before he gets "the fuck out of here."
Evan asks Petrov if he believes the 1989 killers were vigilantes. Petrov replies they were far too organized, directed, and well-informed for that to be the case. Evan asks what they were after targeting the Russian mob. Petrov doesn't know, but comments they were well trained, obliterated the mob's organization, and impossible to crack in interrogation. Evan finally returns to the cab, stepping over the corpse of the doorman.
Afterward, Pardo invites Evan to a bar and buys him a beer, which Evan merely thumbs. Pardo asks if anything happened, but Evan is reluctant to give specific details to a police detective for obvious reasons. He sums it up by saying Petrov wouldn't see him and he had trouble getting in. Pardo said he just gave him the address to scare him off writing the book and suggest he switch a safer, more sophisticated, and ongoing story. He says that people will have soon forgotten the masked killers entirely and that there won't be any fame to capitalize on by the time the book's out. Evan says he sometimes wonders why he hangs out with Pardo and comments that he's been a douchebag recently. Pardo stresses that he bought him a beer to make up for it and that Evan got a good lead out of it, but Evan refuses to call it even between them. Pardo concedes but stresses he's putting his job on the line, to which Evan replies he's shocked Pardo hasn't been fired for misconduct or incompetence already, suggesting he has personal knowledge of both. Evan moves to leave, and Pardo offers him a (slightly buzzed) ride home. Evan acknowledges it's dangerous to use bus these days (hinting at the urban decay implied by the empty stores in Hotline Miami's second Part), but that he'll risk it, leaving Pardo alone.
Mid November, 1991 Edit
On November 11th, Evan is alone at home, which shows evidence of moderately sized family: young son with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys, Batman sheets, a Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and several toy guns, and a crib in the master bedroom. A private study with a type writer is on the opposite side of the house. A completely packed storage room emphasizes his lack of funds and space. On the kitchen table there's a note from his wife, Sharon, that she took their son Jimmy to school and left Evan some breakfast because he slept in. There's a newspaper open to a story on the fifth victim of the Miami Mutilator, indicating that the subject is newsworthy and perhaps book worthy after all, and compounding that the newspaper Evan quit is never shy on information.
He leaves the house seemingly without destination and gets on a subway train. A polite black hobo asks Evan for some money, which he quickly agrees to, but the hobo is overtaken by Richard, who asks if he looks like he wants Evan's "dirty money" (implying Evan fears there's shame in popularizing killings for profit). Richard changes into an image of his wife, who insists they have very little money even to pay rent with, and that says that if Evan doesn't get a steady job to feed the kids she'll leave him and them with her. Evan promises the book will do well as long as he gets more time to make it good. Richard returns, saying that time is the one thing Evan doesn't have. Richard suggests that Evan's priorities should be weighed especially heavy. Evan asks what he's implying, but the hobo returns, saying he actually doesn't want Evan's filthy money.
Evan gets off at Palmetto Station, which is completely overrun by a heavily armed local gang. He risks his life to press on and dispatch them, again only maiming with melee weapons by default. Gang Leader tags a directory declaring the station "our turf now." If Evan is seen, he will alert all gangsters in the area to his exact location by banging his pipe.
Emerging from the station, Evan takes a bus to Rosa Berg's house. The door is unlocked and Evan lets himself in. Rosa apologizes for not being able to answer the door due to her legs not being what they used to. She asks him if he's the writer who called earlier, which he confirms and asks her about her son. She said he was always a sweet child and she has no idea how he got mixed up in "that mess." She mentions he was behaving differently, going out to visit "old friends" despite a history of being a loner. She never thought much of it because "a man that age shouldn't be alone all the time." She feels she was holding him back, as he spent most of his time caring for her. She visited him several times in prison, but he only told her it was better that she didn't know. Evan asks if she's been in contact with her son since his prison escape. She refuses to answer, but agrees to give him Evan's number if he ever does call. Evan thanks her and asks to look around. In her son's room he finds a collection of phone message tapes beginning in March, 1989, which he pockets before returning to the bus stop. Notably Rosa Berg's son's name is never said in this scene, leaving it to be revealed later.
If Evan found his phone message easter egg at home, he also goes to Hank's Bar, which surrealistically houses all Hotline Miami protagonists inside sans Jacket and Richter, depicting them and their reactions to the games' events. Writer has brought a huge sum, two hundred dollars, with which to pay for information. At the bar he meets a completely plastered and scarred Biker, who reveals that after Resolution he hid out in the desert, but lost his will to fight after meeting a strange man.
Biker mentions killing a bunch of Russians, and Evan asks if he was in the war, prompting Biker to angrily specify it was in Miami. He blearily mentions "some patriotic bullshit" he signed up for before getting phone calls. Evan asks "phone calls?" (apparently completely censoring out the vague reference to 50 Blessings), fishing for more information, but Biker angrily shouts that Evan isn't listening. Biker said he got fed up and tried to quit, and that he found out they were up to something big and fled to the desert. Evan asks if Biker thinks it was a conspiracy, but Biker misunderstands and insists it was real, "not a fucking conspiracy." Evan asks who Biker believes was behind the messages, but Biker says "beats me" and asks for his drinking money. Evan refuses to fuel Biker's alcoholism and calls his story insubstantial. Notably many factors are at play to ensure Evan tunes Biker out or otherwise doesn't learn about 50 Blessings: Biker's temperament, Biker's bleary memory, the perceived immorality of helping Biker drink himself to death, and Evan's complete lack of income.
Late November, 1991 Edit
On November 27th, Detective Pardo again risks his job to let Evan into the evidence locker to inspect Jake's clothes. He finds nothing, Pardo says I told you so and apologizes for not being any more help. Evan reluctantly calls it even between them. Dream static bookends the scene, indicating Evan's bonus scene is a nightmare he has.
That night Evan dreams he found a floppy drive in the evidence locker, and takes it to a Copy Flash to get a print out of 50 Blessings addresses. He enters the abandoned facility, notably surround by the surreal void from Martin Brown's imagined levels. In the back room he's confronted by a group of masked hobos squatting, three of which talk to him: the Don Juan- and Richard-masked hobos allude to a deal made to not report on them fully and leave them be (they apparently think Evan is a 50 Blessings representative or other official come to kick them out). He says he doesn't understand before a George-masked hobo tells him this isn't his place and that he should leave. Writer complies and finds the place swarming with anonymous gangsters, forced to fight his way back home. This sequence interestingly suggests Writer actually has a willful ignorance to the nature of his book's subject matter (an implication which comes up again later), and implies he's more concerned with the struggle to go home to his family (or his typewriter) than with the struggle to find the truth. It's also indicates a fear of social decay and being culturally separated from the crime ridden city around him. However, his decision would be detrimental as something grave happened later on.
December 1991 Edit
At an unspecified date, Evan is alone in his house typing. All beds except half of the master bedroom's bed have been stripped, indicating his wife finally took the kids and left. On the kitchen table is a newspaper open to injury and death tolls of the recent anti-Russian protest rallies. Evan likely keeps tabs on this because his book is relevant to violence and anti-Russian sentiment. He receives a phone call from Rosa Berg's son, who nearly introduces himself but stops and merely said Evan spoke to his mother. Evan is surprised he actually called, and says he would love to hear his story. Before telling Evan anything, he asks Evan to buy his mother a plane ticket to Hawaii. Evan says he gives no promises but will come through if the story is good.
Evan asks him to start at the beginning so he can get "the full picture," and he says at first the phone calls were extremely straightforward and asked only small favors, such as calling random numbers to leave cryptic messages, and spray tagging various locations ("A circle with three lines across"). He said he didn't listen to them and figured they were a prank, but they started to get threatening, and several days later he woke up to find his car torched and a message threatening his mother. He doesn't explain how he acquired his mask, likely for dramatic reveal purposes.
Richter runs through his story, and Writer seems to take special note of the jobs on April 2nd, April 10th, and April 23rd, as particularly good for his book. This period of Richter's 50 Blessings career is apparently before he started using a silenced submachine gun (which was perhaps a one-time instance).
After 1989 and early 1990's events are completely covered, Evan stops Richter while he fetches a new notepad. His bed is covered with notes, apparently on Richter, and also features a newspaper open to an opinion piece on the upcoming RAC conference and Russian presidential visit, which comments that many see the event as just for show. Evan is again shown to keep tabs on Russian news stories as it directly connects to his book's anti-Russian subject matter and thereby its popularity. Evan again takes special note of Richter's prison escape on July 20th, 1990. After Richter's story is finished, Evan asks where he went, and Richter reluctantly tells Evan he's in Hawaii. Evan briefly wonders if he even has enough money for a plane ticket, but determines to scrap it together somehow because "it wouldn't be right otherwise." Evan is overwhelmingly grateful to Richter for all the help he's been.
Interestingly, Richter's story includes both familial care and a huge tap of violence to play up in a book, and to compound the family aspect Evan gets a letter for his wife begging him to call her and stop putting work ahead of his family. Evan then gets a final ultimatum: continue the book or salvage his family, a choice that drastically alters the rest of Evan's life.
- If he calls his wife, Evan quits writing the book. He is last seen before the nuclear blast, having dinner at home, reunited with his family. This seems to be the default option if Apocalypse is played by itself.
- If he goes to the typewriter, he can be heard being interviewed on TV in the epilogue, stating that he has uncovered evidence of a conspiracy behind the masked murders, and that the official investigations were sloppy and insufficient at that in time they'll uncover the truth ("Time is the one thing you don't have"). When the atomic blast destroys him, he is seen alone at his typewriter, still trying to finish the book.
Unlike all other characters, Evan plays non-lethally, for the most part. He only disables enemies with blunt weapons and does not kill them and unloads every firearm acquired (which provides bonus points and adds to an ongoing combo). He cannot use the butterfly knife and relies on throws to deal with distanced enemies.
Executing two knocked down enemies (whether it being with your own hands or a blunt melee weapon) initiates a Rage Mode in which Evan takes off his jacket and allows himself to use lethal weapons, including guns and bladed weapons. During Rage Mode, the screen will become heavily static, while the borders of the screen glow red. A non-lethal playstyle provides more points than a lethal one, so the former is preferable.
List of killed victims Edit
This is a compiled list of how many kills Evan Wright has performed in the series. Kills in Bold are kills determined by the player's choice:
Overall, Evan Wright has killed 1 person (104 if the player chooses to initiate Evan's Rage Mode for all of his levels).
- In First Trial, Evan won't flinch when he inflicts his third (and fatal) punch on the VIP Guard. After this incident, however, he will flinch and hesitate when the player attempts to fatally wound enemies. This can be explained as Evan being seemingly aware of his actual strength after accidentally killing the VIP Guard.
- Evan is the only playable character who can cancel an execution, provided he hasn't entered Rage Mode.
- Evan can be seen in the locked interrogation room of the police station during Pardo's nightmare scene in Caught, indicating Pardo believes Evan has sufficient evidence to put him away as the Miami Mutilator. Whether or not Evan is willfully ignorant is left vague.
- Evan Wright is also the name of a real-life journalist, best known for writing the book Generation Kill, which was later turned into a series for HBO by David Simon. His appearance seems to match the ex-mafia member Jon Robert's look on the cover of Evan Wright's book, American Desperado. Just like the Evan in HM2, the real Evan Wright interviews criminals to write memoirs of their life in crime.
- The real Evan Wright would also be 24-25 years old (18-19 years old in 1985) at the time the game takes place, as Wright was born sometime around 1966.
- Evan is technically not a pacifist, merely (generally) nonlethal.
- Evan is extremely muscular in rage mode and has a barbell in his study.
- Evan has green shoes, confirmed when he kneels down to preform CPR on the VIP Guard during the beginning of First Trial.
- Evan has complete lethal sprites with his coat on, which were apparently meant to be used before the Writer2 rage mode sprite sheet where he throws off his coat was implemented. The gun animations with the coat on are a slightly deeper shade of orange than the sprites actually seen in the campaign.
- He seems to have some degree of experience with firearms, both using and unloading them, most likely coming from his time as a war journalist during the Russo-American War.
- Evan's dialogue sprite appears to be a heavily edited palette swap of the Technician's dialogue sprite from Hotline Miami.
- Evan Wright was originally going to be a character called "The Dad" who would neglect his family to seek out, understand and destroy the "darkness" of Miami before obsessing over the truth and going insane (similar to the Charles Bronson action movie Death Wish and the David Lynch psychological horror movie Blue Velvet). This dynamic is still toyed with slightly in his Rage Mode and The Abyss, and Manny Pardo was instead given the dark side.
- Evan has an unused animation where he unloads a Magnum.
- The decisions Evan made in the Abyss would've had the biggest impact on the storyline. While he was confronted by several hoboes in animal masks, he was unable to realize the fact that the 50 Blessings were the main source of the massacre. If he acknowledged about the main source of the massacre, then he would've been able to foil the 50 Blessing's plan and ultimately end the possible nuclear war.
- Oddly enough, his head icon in level select (Continue) menu portrays him with a full-grown beard instead of horseshoe moustache.
- In the games files, there is a collection of unused sprites of knocked out Colombians within the "Enemy_Colombians" file labeled as "sprColombianDodgerDeadWriter", possibly indicating that Evan was originally going to fight Colombians at one point.
|Playable Characters in the Hotline Miami Series|
Martin Brown · Corey · Tony · Alex · Ash · Mark · Manny Pardo · Jake · Evan Wright · The Henchman · Beard · Richter · The Son · Jacket (Editor only) · Biker (Editor only) · H.M. Hammarin (Editor only)