Winter Is Coming Next Week: Sean Bean Narrates Kholat

Alex has pitched Kholat [official site] to me as “looks alright, has Sean Bean in it.” So naturally, moved by his booming recommendation I’ve slipped on my Sharpe #1 Fan jumper to take a look.

And O! It takes me back to those dark nights in Canada reading through Wikipedia’s strangest entries. Have you heard of the Dyatlov Pass Incident? The event saw the mysterious deaths of nine hikers in the Northern Ural Mountains in 1959. Kholat, then, sees you explore Dyatlov Pass to work out how and why those deaths occured.

Over the course of around five hours, the player teases out answers by exploring a really moody-looking, atmospheric Russian mountain.

And now it has a release date: June 9th.

“Kholat is an exploration adventure game with elements of horror, inspired by true event known as Dyatlov Pass incident – mysterious death of nine Russian hikers, that led to countless, unconfirmed hypotheses,” say IMGN.PRO in a statement released alongside a new release trailer. “Player will dive directly into boundless scenery of inhospitable Ural Mountains, with task to find out what really happened. In the course of events you may approach even more question marks.”

But most important of all is the game is narrated by Sean Bean, of House Stark. Watch the video below for those dulcet Northern tones:


  1. Horg says:

    I look forward to finding out how they kill off their narrator in the first act.

  2. padger says:


    Can’t tell if trolling… ¬_¬

  3. Akbar says:

    As a fellow Canadian who enjoys spending dark nights reading strange wikipedia pages I wholeheartedly recommend link to

    Oh and, Dyatlov was definitely a parachute mine/other military test. The proximity of the incident to a military base, the strange nature of their wounds, and the hush-hush nature of the Soviet government’s response (“an unknown compelling force”? Really?) point to nothing else.

    • jerf says:

      “definitely a parachute mine/other military test”? How can a parachute mine explosion lead to the tent being ripped open from within? And to some of the other strange aspects of this story? Do you think that the officials just covered up the incident by inventing these strange things? Wouldn’t it be easier to just, I don’t know, bring some bears there and to allow them to eat the corpses, and then to report that the group was killed by wild bears? I mean that there are many obvious and much more convincing options for a cover-up story.

      I’m not saying that it’s impossible that this incident was a result of military test. It’s certainly one of the possibilities. But some things do not quite add up, and I wouldn’t say that it was “definitely” a military test.

      Also the existance of a military base nearby is not certain. There is some speculation on that, but no solid evidence. Regarding the wounds, there are different causes of death for some members of the group, and they were found in different places.

      • Unclepauly says:

        Each death was strangely very different from the others. It’s like whoever did it was having a field day with odd ways of killing. Their were no other footprints though.

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      Mikemcn says:

      Conspiracy is always fun, and I love toying with the ideas of it, but the avalanche must have been what caused it.

      The snow knocked over the tent, it may not have even been alot of snow, just a small slab colliding with the side of the tent. The people inside are undressed for bed, something hits them, weighing down the tent, they panic and in their half-wakefulness someone slashes open the tent to counter their own claustrophobia. Once the tent is open it’s game over, wherever their clothes are they aren’t close at hand, they scramble for what they can get their hands on, so some people have one shoe on or none at all. In the cold as they succumb to hypothermia, they scatter, some fall down a ravine and die of injuries, others try and gather for warmth, and try building a bonfire but it’s too late and the rest lose their lives to hypothermia.

      The radiation thing is strange, but they were students at a polytechnical school in an age where everything radioactive was being explored and the dangers of that radiation were not understood. Maybe some of the students worked with radiation in some manner and it got on their clothes?

      They were from a science based engineering university. Nuclear physics was so important back then, of course some of them worked with radiation.
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      Occam’s razor, the avalanche is the only answer.

  4. Unclepauly says:

    Hate to be that guy but it was more than likely military or link to

    • Xzi says:

      All that matters is whether they can make a re-imagining of this event (which is really just a stand-in for any unsolved incident) enjoyable/interesting or not. The trailer certainly kept my attention, if nothing else.

  5. Andy_Panthro says:

    The music sounds very similar to Dear Esther, makes me wonder if Jessica Curry is also doing the music for this?

  6. Gibs says:

    Ohhhhhhh I actually know of the intro story….which is fucked up and makes for a good read. If you don’t know of the “incident”, you really want to read about it cause it’s interesting. Did I mention fucked up? Here:

    link to

  7. alms says:

    One does not simply walk out of Dyatlov Pass.

  8. AUS_Doug says:

    “Stuff, stuff, stuff, Sean Bean, more stuff, more stuff, Sean Bean.”

    That’s what I just read, and I want something to throw my money at.

    Man-crush fan-boying aside, this seems to have the potential to be pretty damn cool.

    (Side note, their site seems to be down ATM: ‘Suspended Domain’)

  9. cpt_freakout says:

    Sean of the Bean: Dyatlov Pass.

  10. DelrueOfDetroit says:

    Does that make this the first fully released Unreal 4 game for PC?

  11. brotherthree says:

    Love this mystery….

    There’s a whole subreddit with loads of posts and info on it, really creepy stuff:

    link to

  12. fredc says:

    There doesn’t seem to be anything very mysterious in that wikipedia article.

    Dudes were exhausted and triggered an avalanche. They had to dig themselves out in awful conditions and lost their shelter and most of their kit, having just partially undressed and started to prepare food. Having initially fled to the treeline nearby, (i) 3 members of the party tried and failed to regain the campsite and recover their gear, (ii) 2 members died of hypothermia trying to start or sustain a fire at the treeline, and (iii) the remaining 4 died in or near a crevasse, most likely partly or completely as a result of some or all of them accidentally falling into it, while attempting to obtain help. The expedition leader’s poor choice of campsite and apparent failure to appreciate the risks the party were exposed to were the indirect causes of their deaths.

    The conspiracy theories can be accounted for by the following factors (i) people and (ii) Soviet people in the 1950s.