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Chernobylite

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: All in! Games
Developer: The Farm 51
Release Date: July 2021

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'Chernobylite' (ALL) Gets Final Early Access Update, Full Release In July - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 23, 2021 @ 1:37 a.m. PDT

Chernobylite is a science-fiction survival horror experience, mixing the free exploration of its disturbing world with challenging combat, unique crafting, and non-linear storytelling.

April 26th, 1986, 1:23 AM local time. The day when the Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred, and the life of 350,000 people changed forever. At the time, you were just a passionate, but naïve, young physicist working at the facility. And like many, you’ve lost what was most dear to you – your girlfriend. Thirty years later you’re still struggling with the demons of the past. To finally put them to rest, you return to what’s now called the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

30 years after the catastrophe, the pollution in Chernobyl continues to increase due to the unexpected activity of a dangerous substance produced as a result of the explosion, called “chernobylite”. You're far from safe. It is rumored from other stalkers still living in the Zone, that under the influence of its radioactivity, strange things have started to happen. Things only described in tales for naughty children up until now. You’re returning to Chernobyl with one goal in mind: to find your missing girlfriend and uncover the dark secret behind her disappearance. Get ready to confront not only the dangers of radiation and the military presence, but also the potential threat emanating from these new, mysterious happenings. Keep your wits about you and try to maintain your composure, because Chernobylite is going to challenge your very sanity.

Get ready for a thrilling adventure of survival, conspiracy, horror, love, and obsession. One that will6 prove to you that it’s not about how you face your fears, it’s about how you survive them.

Chernobylite is a science-fiction survival horror experience from the team behind the critically-acclaimed Get Even. The game mixes the free exploration of its disturbing world with challenging combat, unique crafting, and non-linear storytelling. The game utilizes Unreal Engine 4 and is based on Reality 51’s scanning technology, which is in development by The Farm 51 for over five years.


All in! Games and Polish development studio The Farm 51 announced that Chernobylite will officially invite all explorers to the exclusion zone this July, on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, with further details on Xbox Series X/S and PS 5 coming soon.

Come July, fans of the genre will get the chance to sink into a true sci-fi survival horror RPG experience. One that requires planning, stealth, and cooperation with allies in search for clues to solve the mystery that brought you to the Exclusion Zone. 

Currently available through Early Access (Steam and GOG.com), Chernobylite has received a major pre-launch patch, bringing significant changes to the storyline, dialogue, localization, soundtrack, and, most importantly, Chernobylite’s concluding level!

Chernobylite will also benefit from its last Early Access 20% discount on Steam from 23.04.2021 10:00 PDT / 6PM BST / 7PM CEST to 30.04.2021. Developers The Farm 51 have previously announced that any purchase made during Early Access will guarantee all future, post-launch DLCs for free.

Chernobylite lore

We've never hidden the fact that the Chernobylite storyline is the apple of our eye. All the main and side plots are crucial for the reception of the game as a whole. From your reactions we can see that the story has drawn a lot of attention, and you are looking forward to the continuation. However, there is nothing that cannot be refined even more. This also applies to the plot, which has been thoroughly re-edited and corrected by us.

We tried to highlight the different layers and aspects of the Chernobylite story we wrote as much as possible. This one is focused on the figure of Igor - a man who tries to solve a mystery from the past and understand his role in the events that took place many years ago. The attempt to find his beloved Tatyana is not only literal, but also metaphorical - it is a desire to face the past full of riddles and understatements. These and many other aspects of the plot have been remodeled and, despite many twists, it is a coherent whole.

In order to fully exploit the potential of the Chernobylite scenario, we not only reworked the storyline, but also the dialogues that were rewritten line by line. In addition, all dialogue lines in the game have been re-recorded in English and Russian. As a result, the characters sound even more natural, gaining personality and depth. It is worth mentioning that we have prepared a localization for all the main languages ​​in the game: English, Russian, German, Spanish, French, Polish, including the new ones we’ve promised some time ago: Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Simplified Chinese and Japanese.

The world of Chernobylite also consists of characters. During your journey, in addition to the well-known and liked faces, you will meet four new characters also important for the plot- Vagabond, Volodya, Hermit, Deserter. So far, their appearances have been only placeholders - today it can be said that they’ve officially entered the Chernobylite canon.

We've also added something to this Mega Patch that you've all been asking for a long time. We added the first part of Heist, 1/3 of the entire level to be exact. We give it to you so that you can taste it. So experience something you await since the day of the Early Access release.

As you explore the world of Chernobylite, you will enjoy new melodies played in the background. They are from a completely new, original soundtrack, composed by the award-winning Mikołaj Stroiński, a talented man who worked with multiple well-known titles like The Witcher 3, League of Legends or Vanishing of Ethan Carter.


Gameplay improvements, and not only

Mega Patch also introduces a number of novelties and solutions to improve gameplay. For example, the possibility of arming companions with armor and weapons that can be found or crafted in the base. Thanks to this novelty, our companions will have an easier time completing the tasks we send them to. This is something you have asked us and what we can finally give to you.

It is also worth mentioning that we have improved the save system. From now on, players have three additional autosave slots, one separate for quicksave (operated by F5 and F8 keys). In addition, each save has the appropriate markings in the form of a screenshot from the last moment in the game, a time stamp and the length of the game.

However, it will not always be that easy. We added to the game a new enemy - Heavy Armored Soldier. He is the strongest and most formidable soldier. Armed from head to toe this one has almost indestructible armor. It takes more than just a regular gun to defeat him.

And death can also be painful for our pockets - after each death, the player will lose some valuable random items from the inventory. On the other hand, it is sometimes worth dying in Chernobylite, as we show in the tutorial where we explain why.

We also have good news for those who prefer a pad over a mouse and a keyboard - we've introduced full support for controllers, including PlayStation and Xbox controllers. This is a tribute to those players who appreciate smooth movements throughout the game.

Optimizing everything

We spent many months to polish Chernobylite - to correct bugs, graphics and increase stability. Everything that you have signaled to us many times. The effect of our actions can be seen in the new Mega Patch. The game has been thoroughly optimized in terms of memory consumption and displayed geometry. Thanks to these changes, the game works much better, is more stable, loads much faster and displays more details in a higher quality.

Additionally, it's worth mentioning that we've completely reworked the graphic sttings. Now, individual options should have a greater impact on the performance and a better scaling. Owners of weaker PCs should be particularly pleased with these changes.

But it isn’t everything

Of course, the mentioned changes are only a percentage of what you will be able to find in this Mega Patch. In total, we are introducing several thousand fixes and improvements. Below you will find another portion of the most important of them:

Technology:

  • The game has been thoroughly optimized in terms of memory consumption and displayed geometry. The game run much better and more stable, while loading faster
  • We have thoroughly reworked the graphics settings. Now individual options should have a more pronounced impact on performance and scale better
  • We optimized this when the game uses data synchronously and when it uses data asynchronously. The vast majority of random FPS drops should therefore be removed
  • We've added save support in Steam Cloud
  • We added DLSS support and improved support for Fidelity FX
  • We've added support for Steam Achievements
Story and graphic:
  • The entire storyline of the game has been thoroughly rewritten and improved
  • All 4 fractal worlds summing up Igor's investigation have been rebuilt, elongated and finished. A minilevel showing how Igor got Arianna's possession as well.
  • New level: Heist. We've added the first part of Heist (about ⅓ of the total) so you can get a taste of what it's all about before the game's premiere.
  • All dialogue lines in the game are voiced with new VOs - both in English and Russian
  • New story character: Vagabond (earlier character mesh was just a placeholder)
  • New story character: Volodya (earlier character mesh was just a placeholder)
  • New story character: Hermit (earlier character mesh was just a placeholder)
  • New story character: Deserter (earlier character mesh was just a placeholder)
  • 5 new village characters (all earlier character meshes where just a placeholders)
AI and combat:

  • New enemy: Heavy Armored Soldier. The strongest and most formidable NAR soldier
  • We have added new properties to armor. Now wearing them affects how well our enemies can see and hear us
  • Opponents now react better to their surroundings. They hear worse in the rain, see worse in fog, and spot the player's flashlight
  • We've added the ability to create a thermal sight for a rifle and shotgun
  • We've added the ability to convert the shotgun to a semi-automatic fire mode
  • We've improved how soldiers react to a melee attack. Igor's fist should no longer be the ultimate tool of destruction
  • We added AI state indication. The player is informed whether the opponents are in combat, whether they are looking for him, whether he is being chased by a black stalker and how long it will all take
  • We improved the performance of covers. Opponents should no longer use covers that do not offer them any real protection
  • For the hardcore players, we've added a new difficulty mode: Insane. If Chernobylite is still too easy for you, be sure to try it out
Gameplay mechanic:

  • We've added the ability to arm your companions with armor and weapons. You've asked for it so often, so… Surprise?
  • We've added 3 new armor types, one for each tier
  • We have introduced severe punishment for death. Each time a player dies he will lose some valuable random items
  • We improved the save system. Now the player has 3 additional autosave slots, a separate quicksave slot (supported by F5 and F8), and each save is tagged with a screen, timestamp and playtime length
  • We updated the descriptions of items and clearly indicated how the items are used
  • We have added to the description of all crafting tables which specific items can be built with them
Redesign and balance:

  • We spelled out and updated all of the in-game tutorials. We are aware that Chernobylite is quite a unique game and a lot of its mechanics needed to be explained more literally
  • We have thoroughly balanced the amount of resources and items on the levels. Recipes needed to craft items and build structures in the base have also been balanced
  • We rebalanced all base stats
  • We have balanced the game difficulty levels. Now very easy should be really simple and accessible for players who just want to quietly learn the history of the game
  • The sounds and musical direction of the Quests have been greatly improved
  • There are now many more soldiers in the NAR secret prison, and getting out of it now requires more attention and cleverness
  • We have redesigned the armor status bar. Now it should more clearly inform about the current and maximum strength of the armor
Quality of life and feedback:

  • In the fractal timeline, memories that have only been slightly modified do not require interaction anymore
  • We have added the ability to disable the laser aim indicator. Use it if you want the fight with soldiers to be more like a classic action game
  • For people who don't want to die, we have introduced an additional tutorial that will explain why it is worth dying in Chernobylite sometimes
  • We have greatly improved the performance of the game on low and high FOV
  • We have added ADS support in the game options
  • We have added the ability to split stacks into any parts
  • We have added the ability to call the quickuse menu with mmb for those who keep forgetting where they assigned what ... and the ability to handle it with a scroll for those who do not want or cannot use it in the classic way
  • We've added an icon in inventory that shows what item is currently being used by Igor.
  • We have added the ability to disable head bobbing
And that's all! Now there is nothing else to do but download the Mega Patch and get ready for your summer trip to Pripyat. You have a long journey ahead of you, but its end is worthwhile.

Ally or compete with other stalkers of the Chernobyl zone to survive. Remember that life is fragile, and it’s your decisions that determine the fate of your companions. You can spend as long as you need to prepare, however, be aware that your story is still being written. Every passing moment, your chances of success are dwindling: comrades are dying, supplies are running out, or an unexpected patrol could discover you. And on top of all this, supernatural dangers arise around you in mysterious patterns. Each day brings new challenges with the ever-increasing severity of your current situation. Plan your strategy carefully if you want to survive.

Craft your gear and weapons to protect yourself from the hostile military personnel and supernatural threats lurking in the zone. Make use of the sophisticated tools at your disposal to aid you in your struggle while navigating the rough and contaminated environment. Stay undetected and gather all the evidence you can to piece together events from the past.

Decide what happens in the world around you by making choices and finding, or avoiding, the truth.

Maintain your resolve and keep your wits about you, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is not what it once was. No one can foresee the horrors that may have befallen your beloved.

Key Features:

  • Explore a beautiful and horrifyingly accurate 3D-scanned recreation of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
  • Collaborate or compete with other stalkers in the Zone. But whatever you do, never fully trust them. Remember, everybody has a hidden agenda.
  • Face and survive natural and supernatural threats.
  • Immerse yourself in a thrilling, non-linear science-fiction horror story.
  • Make good use of your chemistry and physics knowledge to craft equipment and manage supplies.
  • Fight against savage creatures pouring out of an alternate reality.
  • Investigate and collect data with a set of sophisticated environmental and substance-analyzing tools.

Chernobylite is coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in July 2021, with further details on Xbox Series X/S and PS5 coming soon.


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