Geiger counters are beginning to tick within the RPS treehouse, indicating yet one more return to video gaming’s favorite nook of Ukraine. The subsequent Spintires growth might be Chernobyl, Oovee Games introduced in the present day, sending us to haul logs across the irradiated Exclusion Zone. I’d not sit on that wooden fixtures. Curiously this paid DLC is for the unique launch of Spintires, not its separate revamped continuation MudRunner. Spintires, when you’re unfamiliar with the stuck-in-the-mud simulator, is a gritty model of Death Stranding starring soiled gert vehicles as an alternative of Norman Reedus and his bottlebaby.
The Chernobyl DLC will characteristic areas of the real-world Exclusion Zone together with the nuclear plant, the town of Pripyat, the spooky radar wall, and the Red Forest. Apparently logging is go within the Zone and we’ll be there, hauling cargo round whereas having to regulate the Geiger counter to dodge vehicle-damaging radiation. Because getting caught within the mud wasn’t sufficient of a problem.
Spintires: Chernobyl is coming to Steam on December 13th. No phrase but on the value.
I’m stunned to see the unique Spintires again on the street. Publishers Oovee and creator Pavel Zagrebelny had a public bust-up in 2016, together with (apparently unfounded) rumours of sabotage and accusations of unpaid cash and poor communication. The game gave the impression to be left to rust, with updates ending. Then in 2017, Focus Home Interactive announced Spintires: MudRunner, a revamped and expanded separate launch which has since spawned new expansions and spin-offs. Focus advised us again then that Zagrebelny was “the vision holder & lead dev” with MudRunner builders Saber Interactive.
Oovee really revived their Spintires earlier this yr. They resumed patching in April and have launched paid DLC in October, although the journey hasn’t been easy. In August, Oovee said a copyright declare filed with Steam “by an unverified individual from Russia” bought the game quickly pulled from sale. Nothing’s easy with this game.
I do not know what’s occurring with the Spintires rights. I don’t know precisely who’s making what and the place. It’s nonetheless not fairly clear what even occurred between Oovee, Zagrebelny, and Focus. I’ve requested Oovee and Focus Home for remark.