Rebellion, the develop of Sniper Elite, says its new game Atomfall is a “fictionalised” title, loosely inspired by the real-life events of the 1957 Windscale disaster – the biggest nuclear accident to ever occur in the UK. To us, it just looks like modern Britain – well, minus maybe the mechs. Due out in 2025 on PS5 and PS4, this is being touted as a “survival action game set in the rolling English countryside”.

“In Atomfall, we wanted to take the picturesque British countryside and flip it on its head,” CEO Jason Kingsley explained. “So, this classic picture postcard setting now serves as an eerie backdrop for a dark mystery that players will have to piece together for themselves.”

He continued: “Atomfall is a new story based on a real disaster and told in the speculative fiction style typical of 1950s/60s Britain. So, players can expect to see post-war Britain, Cold War paranoia, and mysterious folk horror blended with elements inspired by classic British sci-fi like Day of the Triffids, Doctor Who, and The Quatermass Experiment.”

Associate Head of Design Ben Fisher added: “The quarantine zone in Atomfall has been cut off from the outside world for some time. This means that you’re dealing with a bunch of people that have been left to their own devices and it’s safe to say that things have gone a bit Lord of the Flies in places. You’ll need to explore this hostile world and navigate bizarre characters, mysticism, cults, and murky government agencies. Your interactions with these are important and will shape your story. Investigate clues to piece together events, be prepared to scavenge to survive, and remember that every encounter is a matter of life and death.”