VR is arguably- and I will argue- one of the most exciting tech developments out there at the moment, covering many applications from gaming to social communication. Undoubtedly though, one of the greatest uses of VR is that it will give regular ol’ folks like you and I the power to explore and experience things we otherwise would never have the chance to. Case and point, The Farm 51’s new project, which will allow you to explore Chernobyl and Pripyat.
Quick history lesson for those whom need it, the Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred in the town of Pripyat, Ukraine, in 1986. The explosion released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, leading to the evacuation and quarantining of the town and surrounding areas. The real kicker, Ukrainian officials estimate the area will not be safe for human life again for another 20,000 years.
So, there’s our setting: An abandoned soviet era town, bathed in radiation.
The developer says the game will “put players in the role of a documentary crew” sent to uncover secrets surrounding the tragic event. It features photorealistic recreations of numerous areas in Chernobyl and Pripyat, such as the Restricted Zone where players will seek clues pertaining to past events and help “a survivor find his family memories.”
The team were adamant on capturing the authenticity of the historic site, even gaining special government access to restricted areas.
“The Farm 51 was granted special scientific access to areas unavailable to tourists, spending dozens of hours in the area and using its Reality 51 technology to scan locations in detail,” said the studio.
“Minor details, including paint peeling off the walls, scuffs on an abandoned amusement-park ride, and rust on an old cash register were captured with exceptional accuracy utilizing photogrammetry and stereoscopic, 360-degree camera technology.”
No word on a time frame for the project yet, but we know the project will support multiple VR headsets including the Oculus, PlayStation VR, Vive and Samsung Gear VR.