There are countless ghost towns scattered about earth, though few have achieved the level of name recognition that Pripyat has today. It will have been two decades next year since the Chernobyl Power Plant went nuclear, claiming the lives of 31 people. That number doesn’t include the many lives that were cut short due to radiation sickness, nor does it mention the hundreds of thousands of lives that were frozen in time when the city was evacuated.

Pripyat has appeared in various movies and video games before, but none have been so focused on capturing it in its entirety. The dedication of its developer is part of what makes the Chernobyl VR Project so exciting. It’s far more ambitious than your average simulator.

Polish developer Farm 51 qualified as a Chernobyl research team to get access to areas of the city that would’ve been otherwise inaccessible to us normies. Their goal is to create an accurate virtual reality experience that lets anyone with a VR headset tour a world that’s inaccessible to most.

It’s coming from the same team that made the horror-themed shooter Necrovision, so haunting visuals should fit comfortably within their wheelhouse. Unlike their previous work, the Chernobyl VR Project relies almost entirely on the tech that’s being used to recreate it.

Light field, photogrammetry and stereoscopic, 360-degree camera technology is a seemingly nonsensical string of words that describes the incredible effort that’s going into this project. It’s advanced stuff, but it’s not entirely new to video games. Photogrammetry, for example, was used by The Astronauts when they were building the near-photorealistic world of Ethan Carter.

The Chernobyl VR Project will support the major VR headsets, including Gear VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. There’s no release date for this just yet, but Farm 51 is expected to show it off for the first time on April 26, the 30th anniversary of the disaster.



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