The Farm 51 development team has put together a pretty cool project to bring you a 360 degree VR experience of the city of Pripyat, in their new interactive educational game called the Chernobyl VR Project.
For those of you that aren’t too familiar with the real world events of the Chernobyl disaster in Russia that took place back in 1986, I will quickly catch you up to speed to sum up the events. The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant located in the city of Pripyat, was in the middle of performing a system test when things quickly fell apart and a series of events went wrong, causing the world’s worst nuclear disaster as reactor number four of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded, leaking a devastating amount of radioactive particles into the atmosphere which contaminated both the USSR and parts of Europe. Many died from radioactive poisoning, while the remaining area was evacuated as they attempted to contain the leak by burying the power plant under a steel and cement structure.
The Farm 51 development team is here to give us a close up experience of what is left of the city. You can watch the development team’s announcement trailer for Chernobyl VR Project down below that tells more about the project and how they put it all together.
I have never really studied much about the Chernobyl disaster, so the extent of my knowledge about what happened pretty much ends here. I personally love documentaries about history, but I’m not too fond of the new craze with VR headsets. However, I have to admit that watching an interactive style documentary about the events that happened in Chernobyl, while also experiencing a realistic virtual reality tour of the area using a VR headset without having to actually leave my home seems like a pretty cool concept.
To make Chernobyl VR Project as enjoyable and immersive as possible, the development team actually created a custom built drone with a special 360 degree rig that had 14 GoPro cameras attached to it to record the surrounding area of Chernobyl and Pripyat, giving you a full in depth look at the city as they recreated the entire thing in a photo-realistic 3D environment.
The Farm 51 development team has also shared more information about the game in their Steam Greenlight page comments section to go in a bit more detail about what you watched in the above video, saying that Chernobyl VR Project will allow you to explore the locations of the city and interact with objects, as well as having certain tasks for you to perform before you will be able to progress forward to another area, so there will be some form of interaction other then just watching and listening while following a preset path.
For those of you interested in seeing a bit of what the game is like, you can check out the interactive Chernobyl VR Project 360 video down below. If you’ve never used a 360 YouTube video before, you can use your mouse to grab the screen and rotate the camera around, giving you a 360 degree view of the surrounding area. Of course, if you have a VR headset on you will be able to do the same thing by just turning your head and looking around.
Chernobyl VR Project will support headsets such as the Oculus, PlayStation VR, the HTC Vive, as well as mobile headsets such as the Samsung Gear VR. The developers are currently looking for a release date of June 2016. For more information about the Chernobyl VR Project, you can either visit their official website for further details, or visit their Steam Greenlight for additional information and announcements. Furthermore, for those of you who are really interested in this VR game/app, you can pre-order it from their G2A store page.