April 26 1986
A reckless experiment gone awry, combined with faults in design, resulting in the Chernobyl Disaster. An unprecedented calamity that took the lives of many, and to this day continues to haunt the minds of young and old alike. In the aftermath of the incident, a monstrous cloud of radioactive dust swept over Europe, causing a surge in cancer incidence and birth defects for many years. The immediate surroundings of the power plant were evacuated, leaving behind the dead city of Pripyat and a vast, irradiated area, named the Zone of Exclusion.
But history likes to repeat itself, and shortly after, another incident took place. Something ominous happened in the narrow, claustrophobic corridors of Lab X, a secret military research site, located nearby the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Overshadowed by the larger catastrophe, swept under the rug by the military, hoping that it will never resurface, the Incident became shrouded in legend and ultimately vanished from the minds of those who heard of it.
Independent Zone takes place in the year 2012. After a quarter of a century, dark secrets stored in the laboratory started leaking out through the rotten concrete. Despite all those years, the secret of what happened at the Lab is yet to be found out. You are a special unit member, sent to the Zone with one goal – solve the mystery and retrieve as much information as possible. As one of the first to enter after the calamity struck, there’s no way to know what twisted, nightmarish creatures lurk in the shadows of the facility.