The Division 2 Features Sounds Actually Recorded By Ubisoft In Chernobyl

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is a lot of fun, and it seems Ubisoft really went the extra mile to make the end product something really immersive for its players.

If you haven’t played it, the game takes place in Washington, DC, but it’s not the Washington we know. Set in a post-plague world, the city’s been ransacked by survivors and is pretty much post-apocalyptic in its portrayal.

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Creating a world like that in-game is a task and a half, but Ubisoft apparently found a nice little way to tackle the task – by travelling to one of the most “eerie” places on the planet to capture its sound.

In a video explaining some of the development work behind the game, audio director Simon Koudriatsev explains: “We actually ended up going to Chernobyl,

“It did have some recording opportunities that I think are not available elsewhere. What we got there, if you listen back to it, is quite eerie. There is actually still wildlife there but there is no presence of human life.”

Check out the video below.

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Chernobyl, located in the Russian town of Pripyat, was evacuated in the late 1980s following issues at its nuclear power plant. Chernobyl was evacuated after radioactive steam began to pour into the air, and it’s remained uninhabitable ever since.

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It’s definitely the place to go if you’re looking for that post-apocalyptic vibe, as the abandoned area looks like something straight out of The Last of Us.

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The spooky-spookiness of Chernobyl is never too far away from the likes of cinema and video games. Recently, The Farm 51 announced an upcoming shooter entitled Chernobylite.

Chernobylite has you play as a physicist who worked at a facility at the heart of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. 30 years after the event, you’re back at “the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone” to find your girlfriend.

Will it be as atmospheric as The Division 2?


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