In an attempt to restore dropping ratings, Jordan Day's extreme survival show “Day Break” chose the unlikely location of Chernarus. Recent civil war depleting resources in the country, hostile bears and wolves left hungry by depleted game thanks to over hunting by unemployed natives, and the general sense of false tension they could apply to the show thanks to the military made it a more interesting spot than some of the other locations used in the past. The network convinced the Chernarussian government that the show would paint a positive light on the country and help perhaps draw much needed funds in the direction of it's economy.
Jordan himself was mostly concerned with helping people learn survival skills in unfamiliar environments, so didn't concern himself with ratings or what the network was claiming. He was only focused on the minutia of the show. They spent the last week of April filming in the countryside, through the cities and even visited one of the military bases under escort. They had plenty to work with back at the network and the okay was given for Jordan and his film crew to begin the survival exercise. They spent most of another week preparing, then went deep into the northern forests of the country on May 2nd.
One month in the wilderness of Chernarus, scavenging and only using what could be found naturally in his surroundings. He was not allowed to bring even clothing initially, though as with every episode, he would end up with something by the end. They finished July 2nd and were almost done with post filming wrap-up when the crew was attacked by a deranged man on the night of July 10th. Several crewmen were injured before they could subdue the man. The wrap up filming was concluded early and they went for the city to take their injured crew and the infected man (bound and gagged) into town.
They traveled to Severograd and found chaos and death everywhere. Two of the injured crewmen volunteered to take the attacker to the hospitals, while the rest waited nearby. They never returned and after watching the city from a distance they realized why. One of their remaining crew began to show severe symptoms similar to the crazed attacker and began to degenerate quickly. He quickly went mad, trying to attack the others before being shot. While the last injured man wasn't showing symptoms, he was immediately killed by another crewman out of expectation that he would turn as well. The sound of the attack drew the infected from nearby to begin moving that way in mass and everyone scattered.
Separated from the others, Jordan did the only thing he knew. He set about gathering supplies to survive. Live light and stay alert. Still, despite the violence of their parting, he wanted to see if he could find the surviving members of his video crew again. They were his friends, having joined him for countless hours of filming. He'd always thought of his show as surviving alone, but now he realized just how much he used his crew to maintain emotional stability. For the first time in years he was actually surviving alone.