Chernobylite comes in the survival-horror RPG category in the tradition of Stalker, which is set in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. All In! Games and The Farm 51 has provided the latest developer diary exclusively which focuses on the survival half of the equation.
Artur Focjik, the game director has explained that exploring the Zone offers many dangers like radiation, a nemesis that pursues you throughout the entire storyline, and some supernatural events that are connected to a mysterious substance called chernobylite that’s appearing around the title’s fictionalized version of Chernobyl.
He said, “So apart from such very immediate dangers, that could kill us in a moment, there are things that kill us over time.” The examples he provides include the old survival game standby of starvation, but also “low morale, mental problems.” In this game, you have to make a team of companions featuring useful skills, but you have to notice that how they are feeling as well as whether they are equipped and fed.
Wojciech Pazdur, the creative director has explained that inspiration for Chernobylite’s survival and crafting mechanics which came up from the developers’ research trips to the Exclusion Zone, which they had done a 3D-scan to use as a reference for the game. “We found real chemical tanks there,” he says, “not to mention the tons of scrap metal that lie somewhere there, which have just been smuggled into our game.”
Chernobylite is now available as Early Access. The full version of the game will be available on 28th July through Epic Games Store, Steam, and GOG.