I get that the Chernobyl disaster was an absolute tragedy and I do sort of feel a tiny bit uneasy about lots of these huge corporations making money from dramatising such events, but if they can go some way to teaching the world about the dangers and hardships some people went through, then maybe they can do a good thing.
The ‘All Ghillied Up’ mission from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is perhaps – with a pinch of hyperbole – one of the most celebrated video game missions of all time, bringing intensity, fear, stealth and drama to one of Earth’s most bleak hellscapes in modern history.
After we finished that mission and moved onto the modern day story of Modern Warfare, it was hard not to yearn for more. Alas, we never got the chance to return to Chernobyl in Call of Duty, although, courtesy of an entire different game, it looks like we’re going back.
Chernobylite is the game in question, and brings and entire new horror and survival element to the town of Prypyat, deserted after Reactor 4 was subjected to an uncontrollable meltdown.
In the game, you control a physicist traversing the exclusion zone while looking for your girlfriend. When there, because this game is a horror-survival story, you have to fight hoards of supernatural – and natural – threats.
A synopsis of the game reads:
“Craft your gear and weapons to protect yourself from the supernatural threats lurking in the zone. Decide what happens in the world around you. Ally or compete with other stalkers of the Chernobyl zone to survive. Each day brings new challenges.
Plan your strategy carefully if you want to survive. Maintain your resolve and keep your wits about you – the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is not what it once was. No one can foresee the horrors that may have befallen your beloved.“
The game will be made by Farm 51, who launched a Kickstarter in order to produce the game as well as possible.
Happily, their campaign was very successful and they were able to make the open-world setting even more expansive. In order to make the setting as realistic as possible, the game developers actually visited Chernobyl, taking thousands of pictures and videos with drones to be as thorough as possible.
It does sound pretty amazing, and is coming to Steam this Autumn.
Images via HBO, Getty, Farm 51
Alfie Powell joined as an apprentice and was probably hired because he was likely the only person who applied. He's been blagging his way through writing articles for four years now and he's definitely showing signs of slowing down. When not writing for The Hook, Alfie finds time to indulge in his favourite hobbies, such as drinking and sitting down.Follow