The folks at The Farm 51 Group have decided to allow you to visit the site of one of the most devastating human errors in modern history. Chernobyl – a place you might LIKE to visit, but really shouldn’t, ever, really go to. This is an educational experience – much like we saw with Everest VR, this time bringing you to a place that’s a lot closer to sea level – and a little less dangerous, depending on which part you’re exploring.
Chernobyl VR Project, as it’s called, gameifies the exploration of the environment in Chernobyl and Pripyat. Though your exploration of these areas, you’ll find both a sense of existing within and learning about the environments’ histories.
This app/game will be released in June on Oculus Rift and is scheduled for “soon” on PlayStation VR and HTC Vive.
Without a doubt one of the most emotional experiences you’ll take inside a virtual reality headset, this experience is made to educate, primarily. Your exploration will help you understand not only the objective history of the area, but the implications such an event have for our shared future.
We’re crossing our fingers for a Google VR version as well – Cardboard, for the time being.
What’s great about this project is how it’ll benefit the victims of the original disaster. The creators of this Chernobyl VR experience are working with the Polish-Ukrainian Open Dialog Foundation, with whom they’ll provide support to “organizations” (which, to be fair, they’ve not named), with 10, 30, or 60 percent of sales profit, depending on the application version.