Chernobylite might just be the most intriguing upcoming horror game of 2021. The Kickstarter-backed survival title has been forged from a 3D scan of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, and is nearing its release date.
In one of the development team’s recent community posts, they announced that the build of Chernobylite is going as planned, but that the release date has been nudged back.
Now, the Chernobyl-set game from The Farm 51 will get a full PC release in Q2 2021 and a console launch to follow, with further work going into the experience before launch.
Chernobylite release date set for Q2 2021
Chernobylite has been in Steam Early Access since 16 October 2019, commencing development after the team’s Kickstarter climbed to over $200,000 from a $100,000 goal. Since then, The Farm 51 have been in regular communications with the game’s following, with the most recent ‘Weekly Report’ being their 56th of such posts, at the time of writing.
On 21 January 2021, their Chernobylite Premiere post detailed that the Chernobylite release date has been pushed back from Q1 2021 to Q2 2021. This presumably puts the horror game’s launch somewhere within the months of April, May, and June 2021.
The reason given for the delay is to bring in some additional content, which has been made possible by the co-operation of publisher All in! Games. Not only will the game be translated into Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, and Italian, but they’ll be re-recording English and Russian voiceovers with professional voice actors in a studio.
As shown in the Chernobylite gameplay footage above – which was released a day after the Chernobylite Premiere post – the Power Plant segment of the intro has been re-written and re-recorded in English.
Due to how big the game has become in terms of plot text lines, to complete the experience-enhancing re-recordings and translations, Chernobylite has had to nudge back its release date.
Chernobylite console release date to follow full PC launch
Along with the pushing back of the Chernobylite release date, the community post also detailed plans for the console launch of the game. Announced in October last year as arriving on current and next-gen consoles, Chernobylite’s console version is said to “be finished in the following months,” with a launch that’s close to the PC premiere.
After adding in the new recordings, translations, and applying some additional polish, the Chernobylite developers plan to further the game post-launch with “more DLCs and Mega-Patches.”
Even with a release window delay, Chernobylite isn’t far away on the game release calendar, coming to PC, current, and next-gen consoles in the first half of 2021.