Chernobylite Gets Free ‘Enhanced Edition’ Update With Ray Tracing And More

When I reviewed Chernobylite, I found it quite a pleasant walk through the irradiated forests and crumbling cityscapes of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. It had an interesting approach to player choice and branching narratives, and the design and atmosphere of its relatively small but dense zones was perfect.

The last game update turns it into the ‘Enhanced Edition’, bringing it in line with the newly released PS5 and Xbox Series versions. The Enhanced Edition adds ray tracing and tessellation options, making those reflections more reflective and the trees more realistic. When I used DLSS on the base game in July of last year, I found that I got a nice 30% boost to my framerate, so this should work pretty well to offset the extra strain placed on your GPU by the new graphics enhancements.

(Image credit: The Farm 51)

The update also marks the start of ‘Season 1’ in Chernobylite, which adds new events and activities to the world and unlocks a new weapon. This will be followed by three more seasons throughout the rest of 2022, each of which will add a bunch of free content, quests, game modes, and so on.

For a relatively low-key single-player game, developer The Farm 51 has worked hard to develop the game since leaving early access last July. Before this big update, they had already added a new map, new side quests, and even some new monsters to the game.

It was clearly a monumental effort that almost (but not quite) compels me to give it another go. Perhaps, once all the new content is out by the end of the year, I’ll put on the gas mask and return to this exceptionally atmospheric iteration of the Exclusion Zone.

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