When Atomic heart will be released ?
Atomic Heart has been eagerly awaited by gamers since the project was announced in 2018. The game made its mark through its visual identity and its intriguing universe. In addition, the concept promised edgy combat that would live up to the demands of Bioshock fans.
However, the title has encountered various development problems that have led to the postponement of its release until 2023.
Presentation of Atomic Heart
Atomic Heart is an upcoming multiplatform action-RPG developed by Mundfish (Soviet Lunapark) and published by Focus Entertainment. The title was first introduced in May 2018. At the time, it was considered a Soviet version of Bioshock with elements of Fallout.
In the first trailer, the game made a strong impression thanks to the quality of the visuals and the originality of the atmosphere.
Gamers appreciated the images of a uchronistic USSR with murderous robots and industrial settings. In this atypical setting, you will be able to tear apart your enemies and use their remains to craft weapons. The environment also allows you to upgrade your equipment and increase your firepower.
Technically speaking, Atomic Heart will use Epic Games’ game engine, Unreal Engine 4. It will also benefit from Nvidia RTX and DLSS technologies in GeForce RTX 4 graphics. So the game experience is going to be unique. That said, it’s hard to anticipate how much difference there will be between machines for this title. You will have to wait until its release to make comparisons.
A FPS mixed with the science fiction universe ?
Atomic Heart plunges you into the 1950’s of a uchronistic Soviet Union. In this alternate reality, humanity already has internet, holograms and advanced domestic robots. However, the latter have rebelled against their creators. Since then, they eliminate all the humans they meet.
The problem is further compounded by mutant creatures from secret experiments.
In this hostile environment, you will play as Major P-3, in charge of investigating the factory where the uprising started. You’ll have to solve this mystery while fighting against out-of-control automatons. To complete the mission, you can rely on your arsenal and your power glove.
In addition, you have the possibility to use robots and appliances to craft various weapons.
With this FPS, the narrative is above all at the service of the action. And Mundfish promises intense and visceral fights on this title. You also have to adjust your play style and tactics to the opponents to complete your mission.
In addition, you will have to keep a close eye on your ammunition to avoid hand-to-hand combat with robots and mutants.
A new trailer in 4K that makes you want to play !
During CES 2023 (January 5-8), Nvidia unveiled its new graphics card, the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti. The Russian studio then took the opportunity to present a new 4K trailer of Atomic Heart. Thanks to this power monster, the FPS was able to reveal its visual and technical assets in optimal conditions.
The new trailer showed impressive graphics and gameplay, accompanied by a punchy music. With the RTX 4070 Ti and DLSS 3, Nvidia and Mundfish have won over the public, especially by highlighting ray-tracing. This technology allows to offer an exceptional visual rendering.
In addition, the developer revealed explosive new powers in the latest 4K teaser.
A release date finally revealed !
Long before its content, Atomic Heart is best known for its tumultuous development. It even found itself in “development hell” for a while. Like the “production hell” in Hollywood, this expression refers to creative processes blocked for various reasons (artistic, technical, financial…).
The Russian studio also had difficulties in finding an international publisher.
Eventually, the title was picked up by French publisher Focus Entertainment in the fall of 2022. Mundfish will nevertheless remain a publisher in the Commonwealth of Independent States (former Soviet territories). Since this collaboration, the developer teams have regularly communicated the progress of the project.
The game is now Gold, according to a tweet from its creators.
In other words, the studio will respect the last announced release date. So gamers shouldn’t have any bad surprises this time. As a reminder, the game was originally planned for the first half of 2022.
The release was then postponed to the fall, then to the end of the year. In November, the developers set a worldwide launch date of February 21, 2023.
What platform will Atomic Heart be released on? ?
Atomic Heart was planned for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, when it was presented in 2018. Since then, Microsoft and Sony have launched their new console generations. Players in the video game industry have also developed various services to provide exclusive content and enhance the gaming experience.
Nevertheless, the Russian studio has gradually adapted during the development phase.
On February 21, 2023, the title will be released on PC, PlayStation 4 and 5 as well as Xbox One and Xbox Series (X and S). The game will also be available in Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass on day one. Moreover, unlike Destiny 2 Lightfall , you won’t have to wait for DLC. The Atomic Pass offers from the start, 4 DLC unlocking other areas, labs, enemies, weapons, bosses..
This pass is included in the Gold Edition and Premium Edition. These are two variants of the game already available for pre-order, as well as the standard version. In addition to the content of the Gold Edition, the Premium version includes a digital artbook and additional cosmetics.
Focus Entertainment Store offers a Limited Edition Bundle including the official artbook signed by Mundfish, a metal poster and a Steelbook.