Next, nobody had heard of Atomic Heart before it dropped a disturbing, explosive trailer in May 2018. It quickly became one of the most anticipated games we know the least about.
Its influences are diverse: Metro, BioShock, Nier: Automata, and Stalker can be found in its art and gameplay, while the world is based on Russian sci-fi and the experiences of the Mundfish dev team, some of whom grew up in Russia. But what do you get when you combine all of those influences? Everything we know about Atomic Heart is listed below.
Atomic Heart’s Release Date
Atomic Heart is scheduled to be released this winter. It’s unclear whether that will be in 2022 or 2023, as Atomic Heart’s release plans have been, to say the least, erratic in recent months. While the release date was initially set and later confirmed as late 2022, a recent announcement that Atomic Heart would now be published by Focus Interactive described the game as “initially planned for 2022.” Similarly, its Steam page has changed from an explicit 2022 release date to the more vague “this Winter,” implying that Atomic Heart will be released in 2023.
Atomic Heart’s journey continues with this new gameplay footage… A distinct blend of pulpy Soviet scifi. And by pulpy, I mean the various ways in which living things are pulped throughout history. There’s a massive Soviet death robot rolling around. A microwave gun is available. Lady androids are impaling each other with unicorns to some unknown end? I’m not sure! I just observe and write words.
In the midst of the chaos, there are a plethora of combat options on display, including telekinesis and ice jets from the player’s left hand, as well as equally diverse weaponry in the right, including pistols, electrified rifles, and a pitchfork that also appears to be a large pair of scissors.
What is Atomic Heart?
An alternate reality Soviet-era first-person combat game with killer robots, clown-themed torture chambers, and grandmas trapped in flowing molecular gloop (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab). Yes, it’s strange. Its combat is a mix of shooting and melee with improvised weapons, and because ammo is scarce, you’ll want to sneak through some areas as well.
Atomic Heart Trailer
Atomic Heart Additional Details
Nvidia released an RTX trailer for Atomic Heart in 2021 to demonstrate Ray Traced lighting, shadows, and DLSS integration. A tech demo for the game was also made available for a limited time.
So far, the game appears to have honed key elements from franchises such as Stalker, Prey 2017, and BioShock. That is a potent combination of game titles, but with some Soviet vibes and an Alla Pugacheva soundtrack, the game stands out from the others.
Atomic Heart will not be finished once it is released. The game will include post-launch DLCs that will be revealed in the coming months. The team stated that they removed some content from the game for the sake of the title. Perhaps they’ll be added content for future DLCs.
There is still a lot of unknown information about the upcoming Atomic Heart title, and fans are eager to consume whatever Atomic Heart gameplay, leaks, or news emerges in the months leading up to the game’s release.
Atomic Heart does appear to be quite promising, but it will be up to fans, critics, and the gaming community as a whole to decide whether it is as good as it appears in the trailers. But we won’t know until the game is released. Fans can expect the worst and hope for the best until then.
Atomic Heart is set to release for the Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Xbox Game Pass later this year. While the exact release window is not known except for later in 2022 and the Russia-Ukraine war is still ongoing, fans were worried the game might be delayed. But Mundfish stepped in to deny those rumors.
A bit of controversy also popped up back in 2019 when it was reported that mass layoffs happened over at Mundish studios due to concerns of incompetency. But Mundfish denied these allegations and stated that the game is properly polished in contrast to the claims made in the reports.
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