DESOLATE is a first person horror survival experience. Form a research team with up to 4 players and explore an open world filled with mysteries and unsolved questions, or do it all on your own.
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Mixed (24) - 50% of the 24 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (3,206) - 69% of the 3,206 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jan 17, 2019

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April 18

Cryptozoologist's Diary. Continuing the study

Fascinated by previous findings, our nameless cryptozoologist continues to study the creatures of Granichny. This time not all mutants are aggressive killing machines -- which serves to show that the island has its own unique ecosystem, and not just an army of bloodthirsty mutants.


Medium sized, four legged creature with drop-shaped body and a row of spines running on its back. Despite its feeble looks, sapsy has an extraordinary amount of strength. One case in particular mentioned how sapsy managed to nearly destroy a steel bar from the cage it was contained in. This beast is predatory and also incredibly aggressive. While the creature prefers meat, it also does seem to be an omnivore.
Its saliva has unique restorative properties and could potentially be used in creating new medicine. Unfortunately, in its natural form saliva interacts differently with epidermis and muscle fibers. While accelerating healing rate for skin wounds, it has an opposite effect on muscles, causing a deep necrosis in the tissue. Though, sapsy seems to use the saliva to heal its own wounds without any side effects.
Sapsy is very hard to fend off from -- it has no fear and seems to only become more and more aggravated. Many encounters with the beast point to the fact that sapsy relies more on its eyesight. It is highly advised not to underestimate this creature when encountered as it may easily result in death.


Quadrupedal herbivore that very vaguely resembles a common pig. Cowardly and timid, churaka tries to flee in the faintest sense of danger. Previously inhabiting european forests, about 50 specimen were transported to Granichny for studying in close to natural conditions. Mutations caused by Day X changed the creature’s physiology, but did not have any noticeable effect on its behavior.
Churaka is surprisingly agile and fast, so blindly chasing it proved to be rather difficult. According to different reports, it may also possess exceptional reflexes that allow churaka to dodge even a shot from a firearm. The creature also uses an incredibly loud and high pitched screech to confuse its pursuer. While the screech is not strong enough to rupture one’s the inner ear, it is still dangerous since prolonged exposure can deal irreversible damage to hearing organs. Churaka’s scream can also attract other, more dangerous creatures. Because of this, in most cases it is best to leave the beast to its own devices.


Quacker has very deceptive looks: bulky front body with scaly skin, glowing overgrowth on its head and a huge mouth. Yet it is a very peaceful herbivore creature that’s easily scared. Quackers might be the animals whose appearance was affected the most by the transformation after Day X. Prior to the event they’ve had much more appealing looks and were covered in short fur. Quacker’s area of inhabitat has also changed -- from forest groves to bogs. The creature’s diet mostly consist of roots and low-growing plants.
Quackers have a very keen hearing which they use to avoid danger. The creature can notice even a faintest crack of a broken branch or a shallowest breathing. Hunters that attempt to catch it have to be incredibly patient and careful.
Quackers are a popular source of food among people of Granichny. The creature’s meat is stiff and contains a lot of ‘Moss’ when fresh, but after proper heat treatment it becomes more than edible. Quacker’s skin is also used in craftsmanship, bolstering great durability. The New Light Conglomerate even holds plans for possible domestication of these creatures after condition of Granichy becomes more stable.

Get DESOLATE now and see the ecosystem of Granichny in person! Get your friends and hunt for quackers in co-op! Or try winning a free Steam key for the game by taking a part in our raffle:

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April 9

Cryptozoologist's Diary

The island of Granichny contains a lot of mysteries. And on par with anomalies, the most common ones are its endemic lifeforms. Mutated after the catastrophic event known as Day X, these creatures have ghoulish appearance and behave quite aggressively. But what if someone wanted to study them as a cryptozoologist? Let’s imagine how his notes would look like in today’s post!


Once completely normal human beings, they’ve lost all traces of their personality after the Day X. In their usual state Madmen usually aimlessly roam around without any purpose, mumbling random words and phrases devoid of any meaning. Such behavior led to multiple cases where people, out of compassion or other personal reasons, thought it was possible to reach out to madmen and help them regain their sanity. This was, frankly, not possible - and those who tried to help these creatures found themselves in dire situations, which sometimes led to their death. It all ties to a fact, that if madmen see a human unaffected by impact of Day X, they go into an uncontrollable rage, trying to attack the survivor. And while a single madman poses little threat, these subjects can somehow communicate between each other, calling out for their kin in case of a human encounter.

The state that madmen are in is believed to be caused by the green substance called ‘The Moss’. Speculations suggest that the liquid accumulating inside the madman’s lymphatic system causes a mutation and maybe, somehow, makes its victim a part of cognitive network of Madmen.


Incredibly aggressive creatures who are relentless and fearless in pursuit of their victim. Most researchers agree that dorgs a result of stray dogs and wolves mutating after Day X. Similar to packs of other canines, dorgs roam in packs and form some sort of hierarchy with the ‘alpha-beast’ in the lead. Although, encounters with them show that dorgs do not disperse after having their alpha slain, unlike packs of dogs and wolves . Apart from this, dorgs act like the regular wildlife creatures -- they have their own resting spots, hunting grounds and pretty standard behavioral patterns.

Having no fur and skin, their heads consist only of muscle tissue and bones, resembling that of an insect. Just like other mutants, bodies of dorgs are imbued with ‘The Moss’, spread throughout the entirety of their internal organs. According to some researches, dorgs don’t have a brain - instead they possess what seems to be a blister, filled with the same green liquid as the rest of the body.


Grutches were species endemic to Granichny island even before the Day X. After the events of Day X, they’ve become more aggressive and started choosing different areas of inhabitat. Grutch was a massive and dangerous beast even before the mutation, but now it poses an even bigger threat. In the event of encountering a grutch, one is highly advised against fighting him and trying to retreat instead.

Grutches somewhat resemble a common brown bear. His mouth has multiple rows of extremely sharp teeth and there are bone growths on his chin and front legs. Some grutches also have bone outgrowths on their heads, resembling antlers. Unfortunately, most of the information is based on external observations. Transporting such a massive beast is rather problematic, and dissecting him out in the field is nearly impossible due to current hostile environment of Granichny.

Become a cryptozoologist yourself by playing Desolate and uncovering game’s many mysteries! Get together with your friends and form a research team in online co-op!

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“There’s that Metro/STALKER feeling in this game … I’m having a good time.”

“It has enough mystery and story drive to keep you wanting to find stuff, and it keeps you interested the whole time.”


About This Game

Two years ago Granichny Island became an epicentre of a large-scale disaster of unknown origin. “The New Light” conglomerate covered up this catastrophic event - and now aims to rectify the consequences as much as they can.

A massive campaign is underway, during which so-called “Volunteers” - most of whom have never held a weapon in their hands - are sent out onto Granichny. Their mission - to research the paranormal activities of the island, gathering information and undertaking dangerous tasks, all in hope of amending mistakes of the past. None of them are ready for what comes next.

Play the role of a Volunteer, and explore a place filled with threats of every shape and size - from monsters and madmen to supernatural anomalies and seemingly impossible weather patterns. Journey through the present of this forsaken world to uncover its secrets.

  • Dark past

    Explore the enigmatic island filled with abandoned settlements, military bases and top secret facilities. Investigate secrets of the island - find notes and diaries from Granichny’s previous settlers to uncover its mysterious history.
  • Research the threats

    Battle for your life in open fights against monsters, marauders and soldiers, or use stealth to do critical damage out of the shadows. Research the creatures of Granichny - and gain advantages in battle while you learn more about them.
  • Strength Through Unity

    Join a 4-player team to have a better chance at surviving the dangers of the island with unique team-based abilities, such as reviving your fallen team members - or act as a lone wolf to prove your mettle.
  • Thrive among the wastes

    Unlock new abilities and train them to increase your chances of survival. Gather recipes and components to craft, modify and upgrade your weapons and equipment. Customize your Volunteer with new clothing and armor you scavenge throughout your journey on the island.
  • Resist the madness (Or let it consume you)

    Take care of not only your physical condition, but your mental state as well. The insanity of Granichny will change the world around you, as well as yourself.

Survive, explore and investigate the dark world of DESOLATE, alone or with friends in a party of four.

System Requirements

    • OS: 64-Bit Windows 7/8/10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 @ 3.1 GHz or AMD FX-6300 @ 3.5 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 or analogue with 2GB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    • OS: 64-Bit Windows 7/8/10
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770 @ 3.4 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1600 @ 3.2 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or analogue with 4 GB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible

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