Polish developer Farm 51 announced that their latest work, the open-world survival horror titled Chernobylite, will launch a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter. Moreover, the developers published the first video presenting actual gameplay and informed that the participants of Boston's PAX East (which will take place on March 28 - 31) will be able to check out this title live. Let's have a look at the aforementioned teaser and check what the studio’s CEO, Wojciech Pazdur, has to say about the reasons why the devs have resorted to crowdfunding.
According to Pazdur, his team had to make some changes in the game design, which include mainly the expansion of the game world and implementation of additional mechanics. All this in response to the expectations of players who hope that “Chernobylite will allow them to explore in depth the destroyed Chernobyl nuclear reactor and the spectral city of Pripyat". In order to do this, however, the creators must make further trips to the Zone, which, of course, entails additional costs. The campaign on Kickstarter gives the developers an opportunity to raise the necessary funds, and the players will get "a chance to place pre-orders " and receive a variety of gadgets. At the moment it is unknown when the campaign will launch, although it seems that it will start in the near future.
Let's remind that the first information confirming that The Farm 51 is working on Chernobylite has appeared in April 2018. However, we had to wait until February for some details on the new game; soon afterwards, the devs shared the hardware requirements of their work and informed us that its launch can be expected in autumn. Due to the fact that the project will be reworked, however, it may be assumed that the creators will need additional time.
As a curiosity it should be added that shortly after the announcement of Chernobylite GSC Game World announced the second installment of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. In February, the Ukrainian team reminded about themselves by publishing a mysterious picture. As you can see, in the future we might witness an interesting rivalry between the two productions.
- Chernobylite official website