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Explore the abandoned city of Pripyat in upcoming PS VR experience Chernobyl VR Project

A behind the scenes look at the work that's went into recreating the site and capturing the stories behind the event

Today we are announcing our PS VR title,  Chernobyl VR Project, an interactive journey to the abandoned city of Pripyat and its nearby nuclear power plant.

The disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on 26th April, 1986 is one of the greatest tragedies of our time. Our title merges the interactive experiences only available through the gaming medium with educational elements to create this unique experience, one that allows you to understand the tragedy through the stories of the people who lived there before and after the tragedy.

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The Chernobyl VR project was created through the combination of multiple 360 movies, panoramas, 3D scanning of locations and buildings, 360 photography, stereoscopic videos and much more. The result is a visual tour around the Chernobyl and Pripyat area.

Our development focused on conveying what it was like to actually be there. As a result, you’ll be transported back to 26th April 1986 to witness stories of the citizens and workers of Chernobyl.

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We scanned and filmed a large number of areas in Chernobyl, covering the most well known locales such as the plant itself, the Duga Radar, the amusement park, the Azure swimming pool. But we also made sure to document the lesser known places – Primary School No.3, the hospital, apartments and the scrap yard, in which hundreds of vehicles, used in rescue missions, now rest.

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The Chernobyl exclusion zone, filled with a vast number of abandoned buildings, offers stories at every turn. You can spot everyday objects left behind by the populace during the evacuation, as they were told they’d return in a few days. 30 years later we came across rooms that seemed frozen in time, untouched since they were originally vacated.

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Documenting the locale so thoroughly brought with its own risks: debris would fall during a strong wind. One of our cameramen fell into a hole two meters deep. A Geiger counter was a constant companion to make sure we avoided the most radiated areas.

But we were resolute in capturing everything we could. The location continues to fall into ruin, so at some point in the future it’ll cease to exist. This VR experience will serve as a document to the place, the stories behind it and the people who lived there. It’ll be available on PS VR in the near future.

 

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Having recently upgraded to a PlayStation 4 Pro (from an original-generation PlayStation 4) and the PlayStation VR… This is the title I have been waiting for!

I was a little disappointed to see that this was not yet available, but after contacting the developer, they indicated it was coming soon (which in turn has now been confirmed by this blog post)… Come Launch Day in Australia, I will be picking this up without a second thought!

Now all I need is some sort of space-exploration experience, wherein I can explore our solar system/galaxy/universe/etc, and I’ll be set!

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Keep in mind that this is an “experience” and not a game. It’s mostly 360 degree movies and 3D reconstructions from what I understand. By the sounds of it you won’t be able to free roam around Chernobyl. If you treat it like a virtual documentary, you’ll probably love it – but if you’re expecting a fully free-roam tour, you’ll likely be disappointed.

And I second the need for a galactic exploration game. Wish Frontier would pull their thumbs out and get PSVR support into Elite already!

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А я бы поиграл в переизданную игру BLOOD OMEN – LEGASY OF KAIN вот это был бы сюрприз, вся вселенная Каина в новом ракурсе, ну и Розиель конечно.

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