On 2nd of February 1959, nine Russian hikers died in unexplained circumstances, during their trip through Ural Mountains. This mysterious event became fixed in popular culture as Dyatlov Pass Incident.
On 31st January 2014, almost exactly 55 years later, independent production named Kholat, based on the motives of these events, becomes revealed and applies for Steam Greenlight.
First-person horror Kholat, created by IMGN.PRO and Wohoo Games, makes the way to the Greenlight Program on Steam. Users around the world can now support Kholat with their votes and comments. The most popular games will receive a "green light ", meaning a possibility of full-fledged distribution on said platform.
Kholat is a game inspired by true events known as the "Dyatlov Pass Incident". We follow the path of a group formed from Russian students, that went for a expedition in the northern Ural Mountians.
The team does not reach its goal, the entire crew dies in mysterious circumstances.The rescue expedition is being sent. They find the tent, which is cut from the inside. The bodies, incompletely dressed, are found within a radius of several hundred meters. Everything points to some kind of event, that caused sudden panic, which led to the tragic, chaotic escape. In most cases, death occurs as a result of chilling, but some bodies bear other strange damage signs.
Player is thrown into the area where the tragedy occurred, with a chance to discover the real course of tragic events.
Atmosphere of anxiety and fear is created by self-developed system named "Fear Manager". It is responsible for precise dosing of fear and uncertainty, based on the doings of the player, making the gameplay a unique experience .
Grim, frosty and inhospitable atmosphere is recreated in Unity engine.
Bartosz Moskala, co-founder of IMGN.PRO: "Kholat is fulfilling our dreams of creating first, own game. After more than 7 years in the business as an agency, publisher
and partner for other developers, we as IMGN.PRO, can finally get to know how it is to be on other side of the mirror . Kholat is the result of ideas that accumulated in our heads over the years and crystallized in our personal vision as an independent horror game.
The decision to join the Steam Greenlight program today, is not accidental. We felt that there is no better time to do it, than the 55th anniversary of the events that are the inspiration for our game."
IMGN.PRO is a team of independent specialists with more than seven years experience gained mainly in the field of broadly defined business development and licensing.
The brand of IMGN.PRO was introduced a few years ago and currently it represents following business lines:
- Independent publishing in retail and digital market
- Business Development Outsourcing for indie devs
- Licensing & B2B
- Production of physical goods
Wohoo Games is a recently opened game development studio, based in Cracow, Poland. Formed by industry veterans, who were working on
such titles as a Two Worlds 2, Settlers 5, or Settlers 6.
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