This real world horror story tells a sad and haunting tale. Some of the hikers were never found, some were found mutilated but the ones found alive had suffered even more. This real life blair witch story remains a mystery today.
After years of tireless investigation and review, Russian investigators were forced to close the case of Kholat as the findings were far too inconclusive and bewildering to produce fallible answers. The stories coming from the survivors were contradictory and repetitive. Other parties were either unable or unwilling to recount the happenings that occurred up on the mountain.
The official line released by the government is even more twisted;
"A compelling unknown force had caused the deaths." - Russian Gov
This game is based on the horrific supernatural murder mystery above. This sinister and still unsolved murder mystery is as close to the real life Blair Witch Project you are going to get.
The rescue expedition first find a tent, the tent is cut from the inside. Students bodies incompletely dressed are found within a radius of several hundred meters. Everything points to some kind of event that caused sudden panic leading to the tragic, chaotic escape. In most cases, death occurs as a result of hypothermia, but some bodies have other strange signs of damage.
Only 3 surviving members were found, these were sporadically over the following week's. They returned with even more inexplicable injuries. One returned covered head to toe in scratches. Long scratches indicative of fingernails but in areas that they themselves could not reach.
another returned with internal injuries so severe that one would otherwise presume were caused by a major car crash. These wounds however had no external trauma. Somehow the student had been physically torn apart from the inside.
The last to return was assumed to be mute by initial medical staff owing to posttraumatic stress. However, upon full medical examination at a hospital it became apparent that his tongue had been taken out.
Not only were these injuries and terrifying accounts surreal but experts and doctors alike still do not know how these remaining, near naked people did not succumb to the elements. The average temperature on the mountain was minus twenty in the wind.
Their accounts made no sense to the investigators, talk of mad men running through the trees at night and witches that glide over the ground as if they were floating. One describes a witch like creature that followed him for days until one day she vanished. The man woke up the following morning covered in scratches and bite marks.
The player is thrown into the area where investigators believe the tragedy occurred years after the actual event with a chance to discover the real course of tragic events.
Kholat is an adventure-horror game inspired by a true event known as the Dyatlov Pass incident – the mysterious deaths of Russian hikers and survivors tales of witches and madmen that led to countless unconfirmed hypotheses. Players will dive directly into boundless scenery of the inhospitable Ural Mountains with the task to find out what really happened.
The gameplay snippet below, courtesy of Kotaku, begins at the Ivdel Train Station – a place where the ill-fated train carrying the Dyatlov group arrived on the 25th of January, 1959.
That's right, Sean Bean is on the Scene. Lead narrator of Kholat, is played by one of the most famous British actors of all time. Bean is an actor known for many notable roles including Boromir in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Ned Stark in the drama television series Game of Thrones.
This is a game based on real unexplained happenings, I am both intrigued and disturbed to entering the world of Kholat.
Will you be brave enough to return to this haunted landscape?