It has been 30 years since one of the most infamous disasters in human history, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Chernobyl has laid dormant since that day but has always been a point of interest for many people. Whether attempting to learn from the mistakes that were made or using it as a focal point for movies and games, Chernobyl has stayed relevant all these years.
Now, a Polish development studio wants to educate people about the disaster while helping the victims of it as well. They have created a VR documentary with a portion of the proceeds going to victims of event. The video will mix video game, narrative, and stories into the world’s first ever interactive tour of the Chernobyl site.
“The enthusiastic response we saw to our announcement of the Chernobyl VR Project made us realize how important the topic was,” said Wojciech Pazdur, CEO at The Farm 51. “So, we decided that this should not be a simply commercial project. We aimed to reach the people, for whom the disaster had an intimate, private, and sometimes family aspect to it. We’ve secured interest from prominent individuals willing to support our project, including Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich (author of Chernobyl Prayer) and legendary boxer Vitali Klitschko, now Mayor of Kiev. However, the most important decision is the declaration that we will donate part of the proceeds from sales of the Chernobyl VR Project to foundations helping the victims of the disaster. In association with the Polish-Ukrainian Open Dialog Foundation and other organizations and individuals, we will select groups to support (10, 30, or 60 percent of sales profit, depending on the application version). In doing so, we hope that we contribute to helping the victims, and that the initiative will give our project another educational and social dimension.”
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