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Atomic Heart: Release Date, Gameplay, Trailer and More

Images: Mundfish

Written by 

Tarran Stockton

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7th Oct 2021 15:12

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Atomic Heart is an upcoming first-person action role-playing game by Russian developers Mundfish and  since the first teaser trailer dropped way back in July 2017, gamers have been fascinated with its retrofuture, sci-fi aesthetic and System Shock inspired immersive sim design. The studio behind it has also gone through some turmoil since the announcement, with reports of the title being restarted, which has surely affected its pipeline to release. Here is everything we know about the Atomic Heart release date, gameplay, trailers, and more.

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Atomic Heart Release Date

At the time of writing, the official Atomic Heart release date is still TBA - and has been since its announcement over four years ago. While it is impossible to guess release dates due to the complicated nature of game development, a good estimation would be along the lines of 2022, based on the recent progress the devs have reportedly made. They released a new trailer in January earlier this year, which showcased the game’s Nvidia RTX features like ray tracing and DLSS for the PC version. Though still speculative, these are the types of features prioritised later on in development.

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Atomic Heart Development

The development for Atomic Heart hasn’t all been smooth sailing so far though and the game reportedly had to be scrapped, with development restarting in 2018. Back in January 2019, a report was submitted to gaming forum ResetEra that provided an account from anonymous sources within Mundfish about the tumultuous nature of development. Supposedly, mass layoffs had occurred after months of poor project management and incompetency from the top of the hierarchy, with crunch beginning as early as 2017 - not far into the initial development. 

Pressing the reset button on the title's development supposedly led to the new version of the game being significantly downgraded from earlier builds. Though only time will tell how this has affected the overall experience when the game is eventually released. After the leaks and reports of the game being stuck in limbo came to light, the studio did respond, dismissing the claims as “clickbait” and suggesting that development was still on track.

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Atomic Heart Trailers

There have been several trailers so far for the game: teaser trailers, cinematic trailers, and even two long-form gameplay reveals that have highlighted the title's progress. One gameplay reveal was released in 2019 and showcased some of the environments and combat. Though a little rough around the edges, it was a promising look into the game with clear inspiration from Bioshock and Arkane’s Prey shining through. 

The follow-up gameplay reveal from August 2020 turned out to be much more complete and featured the announcement that Mick Gordon, of DOOM fame, would be composing music for the title. In the trailer, the UI had been overhauled to look sleeker and more informative, the graphics had a clear enhancement and it took the player through a high-tech laboratory before closing out with a boss fight.

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Atomic Heart Gameplay and Story

As already stated, Atomic Heart is a first-person game and contains RPG elements due to its immersive sim inspired design, that rewards experimentation and player interactivity within the games mechanical systems. This is somewhat highlighted in the second gameplay trailer where the player interacts with a robot, using wires that emerge from their palm to hack it and send it flying forward into other enemies. Mundfish have even stated that the player will be rewarded by observing how enemies relate to each other and how they can be taken advantage of.

The game is confirmed to feature a crafting system that allows for the creation of over 30 melee and firearms weapons, plus the addition of body and further weapon modifications. We can assume the body modifications will somehow tie into the abilities and powers that have been showcased in the trailers, such as the hacking wires and a wallhack ability that lets you track enemies.

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In terms of story, the player will take control of special KGB Agent, Major P-3, who has been tasked with exploring facility No3826. The facility has had a power failure that caused all the machines to rebel, and it’s up to you to explore and find out what’s going on. If the title borrows from other similar titles in the genre, then there is expected to be lots of worldbuilding through carefully crafted environmental design and notes that inform the player of lore.

Atomic Heart Platforms

Currently the game is slated to be released on most current-gen consoles and some last-gen consoles too. The current confirmed list stands as:

  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 5
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Series X|S
  • PC

We have no specific announcement for which PC platforms the game will be released on, however the title does use Unreal Engine, so the possibility of an Epic Store timed exclusivity deal is on the cards.

Make sure you stick around on GGRecon for all upcoming Atomic Heart news and updates, along with guides and a review when the game eventually launches.

 

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