Atomic Heart Testing Grounds 8: How to enter

Atomic Heart Testing Grounds 8: How to enter
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Tarran Stockton

Published 

23rd Feb 2023 15:32

You will need to know how to enter Atomic Heart Testing Grounds 8 if you want to collect the powerful weapon upgrades inside, as gaining entry to this testing facility can be difficult at first. 

Atomic Heart features a series of testing facilities in its open world that need to be unlocked, either through camera puzzles or keys. In the game, they act as ways for players to collect specific weapon upgrades, making your arsenal even more powerful. 

So, if you're looking for an explainer of how to enter Atomic Heart Testing Ground 8, we've got you covered. 

Atomic Heart Testing Grounds 8

Atomic Heart Testing Grounds 8
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Atomic Heart Testing Grounds 8 can be found within the Computational Centre, an area you will head to during the Bug in the System quest, shortly after finishing part of the story set in the VDNH. 

Inside this building, you will notice an elevator with three red lights above it. These all denote locks, which you will need to deactivate using the camera around the area. Once a lock has been deactivated, the associated light above the elevator will turn green. 

Below, we'll show you where to find all three locks, and how exactly you'll need to deactivate them. 

Lock 1

Atomic Heart Testing Grounds 8 lock 1 map
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On the road leading toward the Computational Centre, you can find a tower with a terminal on top of it. Interact with this terminal after getting to the top of the tower, and select the camera marked on the map above. 

Atomic Heart Testing Grounds 8 lock 1
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If you look around with the camera, you will be able to see a machine next to some trees, and looking directly at it will prompt you to press a button. This will deactivate the first lock. 

Lock 2

Atomic Heart Testing Grounds 8 lock 2 map
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For the second lock, you will need to get to the top of the Computational Centre. This is best done by walking around the outside of the building and finding the wooden platforms that you can jump on to get up. 

After reaching the top of the building and locating the terminal, interact with it to bring up the map again. On the map, select the camera highlighted on the map above, and you will see a small circular room ahead of you. 

Atomic Heart Testing Grounds 8 lock 2
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Hit the button prompt twice here to open the door and activate the machine inside, and then another button prompt will appear for a place off-screen you can't see. This is the second machine, which will deactivate the second lock. 

Lock 3

Atomic Heart Testing Grounds 8 lock 3 map
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For the third and final lock, go back to the map screen using the same terminal you did for the second lock. Select the camera marked on the map above, which is further away than the rest. 

Atomic Heart Testing Grounds 8 lock 3
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When you're using the camera, you will notice a small area with some containers and a robot, with a machine in the middle. Press the button prompt again, which will deactivate the third lock, allowing you to enter Testing Grounds 8. 

You can now head back into the building and take the elevator down to start getting your weapon upgrades. 

That's all for our breakdown of how to enter Atomic Heart Testing Ground 8, and now you know how to deactivate the locks on the elevator in the Computational Centre. 

We also cover how to solve the Atomic Heart ballerina puzzle, which occurs in the Theatre level shortly after the Computational Centre. 

Tarran is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. He previously wrote reviews for his college newspaper before studying Media and Communication at university. His favourite genres include role-playing games, strategy games, and boomer shooters - along with anything indie. You can also find him in the pit at local hardcore shows.

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