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The Indie Horror Game ‘Kholat’ Is Inspired By A Terrifying Real-Life Mystery

On February 2, 1959, nine hikers were found dead near the mountain Kholat Syakl in the Ural region of Russia. The mountain pass where the hikers lost their lives was named the Dyatlov Pass, after the group’s leader, Igor Dyatlov. After worldwide coverage, speculation, investigation, and half a century later and we still have no idea what happened to those hikers outside of a nebulous “death by compelling natural force.”

I’ve been fascinated by this ever since I used it as the topic for a high school essay. I love a good mystery, and since this one raises more questions than it does answers, it’s an ideal source for a bit of scary storytelling. Thanks to the wondrous world of video games, we’ll soon be given the chance to experience it firsthand in the upcoming indie horror game, Kholat.

We don’t know much about this yet, but the source material alone has my attention. If you’d like to learn more about Kholat or keep up-to-date on any future updates, you can follow it on Steam Greenlight.

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  • Pav

    Renny Harlin’s “Devil’s Pass” Horror movie is based on the Dyatlov Pass incident story.

    • Adam Dodd

      I recently watched that! I liked it up until the end. I’ve never seen a movie unravel so quickly. It bummed me out.

  • MaryMaria

    See, now this is another setting/back story that I can really get behind. I love unsolved mysteries and other real-life creepy stuff and look forward to more news on this game.

    Too bad about “Devil’s Pass”, I was interested in that one. I’ll probably still check it out, though.

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