The Farm 51’s new educational VR game Chernobyl VR Project will let gamers explore a photorealistic part of the planet scourged by nuclear radiation from the safety of their own homes.
If exploring the nuclear wasteland Fallout 4 is set for the past month has peaked your interest in what a real life nuclear wasteland might be like, then this is the VR game for you.
Chernobyl VR Project is a very special project by The Farm 51, a software developer from Gliwice, Poland, that combines a video game experience with educational software. Think of this projectas a photorealistic, documentary-style video game built from 3D scans of the real areas. Chernobyl VR Project is the world’s first-ever virtual tour around the Chernobyl and Pripyat area, compatible with multiple VR headsets like Oculus, Morpheus, Vive and Samsung Gear VR.
The Chernobyl nuclear-power-plant catastrophe is considered to be the greatest human-caused industrial and environmental disaster in history. In 1986, the plant’s flawed reactor, operated by inadequately trained personnel, exploded and released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of the western USSR and Europe.
Since 1986, the power plant’s surrounding areas have become uninhabitable and dangerous to visit. However, with this new documentary-style game, players can explore Chernobyl and Pripyat from the comfort of their own homes. In the role of a documentary crew sent to uncover secrets surrounding the tragic events of 1986, players will seek clues about past events and help an old survivor find his family memories.
Maybe I’m revealing my history-nerd tendencies but I can’t think of a better use of VR technology than an interactive documentary that allows you to interact with history and explore a part of the Earth that’s extremely dangerous given the nuclear pollution. Chernobyl VR Project is aiming for an April 2016 release so that it can coincide with the disaster’s 30th anniversary.
Check out the behind the scenes video that doubles as a trailer below.