It’s already a given that the future of virtual reality will extend far beyond gaming and into the realm of travel and tourism. So it’s no surprise that a new VR project from The Farm 51 will include a virtual documentary about the totally forbidden and uninhabitable Chernobyl.
According to Game Informer, today is actually the 30th anniversary of the infamous Chernobyl disaster, which took place in the city of Pripyat. Developer The Farm 51 released a teaser trailer to show off their progress on the interactive documentary about the nuclear disaster.
As the video describes, the project will allow people to see the disaster zone 30 years after the event in the state it’s currently in. That includes 30 real-life scans of the site with augmented reality to help make the experience feel real. All of the proceeds from the project will be donated to the families who were directly affected by the disaster.
On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Pripyat exploded, showering the surrounding area with radioactive particles, deeming itself the worst nuclear power plant accident in history. It was so bad that long-term effects like cancers are still the center of investigations today.
I feel like this is just the beginning of the role VR will play in rediscovering our historical roots through locations that we cannot physically visit. While Chernobyl is far too dangerous and radioactive to visit, VR makes it possible to visit the location without having to put health in danger. This is also a great example of how I hope VR tourism will soon become, like seeing world wonders without having to spend the money on airfare and hotel rates. Soon, we won’t have to leave our living rooms at all.
The VR documentary will be releasing in June on the Oculus Rift.