Disturbing Survival Horror 'Chernobylite' Hits Steam Early Access Next Month
After being unveiled back in June to plenty of positive feedback, it's now been confirmed by developer The Farm 51 that the disturbing survival horror adventure Chernoblyite will be headed to Steam Early Access next month, October 16. It was also announced that, thanks to the overwhelming support the project received on Kickstarter, Chernoblyite will be "enriched with new locations, characters, and even additional game mechanics."
Cleverly announced around the time HBO's Chernobyl was dominating conversations around the world, Chernoblyite has been described as a supernatural survival horror in which players take on the role of a physicist who was at the heart of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. It's up to you to explore the radioactive fallout of the city, fight off both monsters and fellow survivors, and attempt to stay alive in the inhospitable environment as you uncover the unsettling truth behind the disappearance of your girlfriend.
The Farm 51 confirmed in a press release that the Early Access build of Chernoblyite will offer players eight hours of story, and the chance to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant itself, as well as a number of "terrifying environments" including Kopachi kindergarten, the mysterious Eye of Moscow, and fragments of the abandoned city of Pripyat. A number of free updates will subsequently be rolled out that introduces news episodes, locations, characters, and equipment.
"The story in Chernobylite is non-linear, unpredictable, and fully dependent on the player's decisions, which leads to many possible endings. That means even if you finish the story in Early Access, you can relive it again many times and in many different ways," The studio added.
It was also announced that Kickstarter backers will be able to go hands-on with the game a little earlier when the Closed Alpha tests kick off in just a few days (September 17). This gives those participating a whole month to share their feedback with The Farm 51 in an effort to ensure the Early Access build is as polished as it can possibly be.
Only last month, The Farm 51 revealed that Chernobylite far exceeded expectations on Kickstarter, more than doubling its original goal. This led to the studio announcing the game would feature a much larger open world than was previously planned, and even afforded the team a chance to record audio on-location Chernobyl and Pripyat for a more immersive experience.
I often advise erring on the side of caution when it comes to most Early Access titles, but everything we've heard from The Farm 51 so far suggests they have a pretty solid plan and have been working towards making Chernobylite as believable (and terrifying) as possible. The team have even taken "thousands" of pictures of Chernobyl itself by scanning the area with drones in an effort to create a truly accurate take on the Zone.
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