The Last of Us, The Walking Dead and I Am Legend illustrate what the world looks like when nature retakes civilization.
This isn’t just in the realm of fiction. It has already happened. The Chernobyl disaster in 1986 was directly responsible for 31 deaths and forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people.
Nearly 30 years after the nuclear disaster, Polish studio Farm 51 visited Chernobyl and the abandoned town of Pripyat. Armed with regular, 360-degree cameras and scanning tech – Farm 51 is recreating the entire Exclusion Zone with photorealistic accuracy. Photogrammetry will help make you feel like you are right there.
Farm 51 received designation as a research team for their project. This gave them access to several areas usually restricted to average visitors. The team described the town of Pripyat as “the most interesting place to scan.” Pripyat was abandoned within a day or so after the explosion in Chernobyl.
Farm 51 also appears to be adding a gameplay mechanic to the VR. Besides scanning Pripyat and Chernobyl, they are also scanning people. You can see a glimpse of what looks like ghost encounters in the trailer.
Filming has already been completed, and Farm 51 hopes to have the app out in the wild before the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster (April 2016). The Chernobyl VR Project is coming to Oculus Rift, Gear VR, Morpheus and the HTC Vive. Basically, every VR device out there.
Where you recognize Farm 51 from
Early last year, the developer released a teaser for a game called Get Even. At the time, the they described Get Even as “the first game to use large-scale, real-world scanning to create expansive and lifelike environments.”