- "Fifty thousand people used to live in this city. Now it's a ghost town... I've never seen anything like it."
- — MacMillan
Pripyat, or Prypiat, is an abandoned town in the zone of alienation in northern Ukraine, near the border with Belarus. The city was founded to house the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant workers, and was abandoned in 1986 following the Chernobyl disaster. Its population had been around 50,000 prior to the accident.
In Call of DutyEdit
In Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Pripyat is home to the levels "All Ghillied Up" and its sequel "One Shot, One Kill". In both these levels, the ghost city is portrayed as a gloomy, dark, lonely and scary place with gray skies and long, unkempt grass. In these two missions the player plays as Captain Price, then Lieutenant, in a flashback. He is under the command of Captain MacMillan and the player must sneak past Ultranationalist forces in a ghillie suit, hence the name. In the next mission, the player must try to assassinate Imran Zakhaev, who is the main antagonist in the game. When the character manages to shoot his arm off with a Barrett .50cal, a helicopter spots them and they must escape the hotel from which they assassinate him. While escaping, MacMillan is injured by a crashing Mi-28 Havoc and must be carried by the player to the extraction point which is at the ever-famous Pripyat Ferris wheel.
Buildings worth mentioning include the hotel "Polissya", which is the building Price and MacMillan attempt to assassinate Zakhaev from, the center "Energetik", the large art studio near the end of "All Ghillied Up", the "Azure" swimming pool, and the Pripyat Ferris wheel and bumper car ride which were due to open on May 1, 1986, but never did, due to the Chernobyl Disaster.
It appears as the setting of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Special Ops mission Hidden. There is also a glitch at the very start of the mission where it is possible to 'glitch out' of the map and walk through a section of Pripyat which appeared in "All Ghillied Up".Pripyat also makes a short appearance in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, where it shows Yuri and Makarov in a car during the "convention".
The multiplayer Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare multiplayer map Bloc is set in Pripyat. It consists of two large apartment blocks and the "Azure" swimming pool, which is largely overlooked and only really plays a part in headquarters game mode. The Ferris wheel is also visible, although in a different position. It was most likely moved for map size and so that the player would recognize it and know where they are. It is also noteworthy that it is snowing in the level. Two other maps, Shipment and Vacant take place outside Pripyat.
In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the church and statue at the start of the mission "All Ghillied Up" is featured in the multiplayer map Wasteland, with the map itself also near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Resurgence Pack comes with a remake of the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare map Vacant. If the Rangers spawn by the container, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant can be seen in the distance, as well as Pripyat's Community Center to the right of the map. These are the same buildings from "One Shot, One Kill". Oddly, the hotel is not connected to the Community Center.
In Call of Duty: Black Ops, the Grid map is set in Pripyat near the DUGA-3 array, as seen on a big stone statue in the field , where Russian Cyrillic writings can be found, reading "Pripyat". In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the map Fallen takes place in Pripyat.