Atomic Heart is the ambitious debut game from developer Mundfish, an interesting FPS inspired by the likes of BioShock and Half Life. Here’s everything you need to know about Atomic Heart, including its release date.
2023 may have only just begun, but the lineup of upcoming games already looks stacked. Hogwarts Legacy is the first new game to hit the shelves, with the likes of Starfield still to come later down the line.
Another intriguing title gathering in 2023 is the hyped Atomic Heart, the exciting first game from developer Mundfish that seeks to send players on a twisted sci-fi journey through an alternate reality Soviet Union.
If Atomic Heart is on your radar, we have a breakdown of everything you need to know about the game, from how it plays to when it will release.
Atomic Heart release date and platforms
Atomic Heart is ready to come February 21, 2023, across both generations of PlayStation and Xbox consoles, as well as PC. Sadly, there’s no word at the moment on whether or not a Nintendo Switch version is in the works.
Those subscribed to Xbox Game Pass will also be able to try out Atomic Heart on day one at no extra cost, as it will be part of Microsoft’s growing catalog.
The game was first revealed back in 2017 but was hit by severe delays, causing updates to dry up in the following years. Then, it surfaced again in early 2022, before devs confirmed a final release date in November.
Despite the long development cycle, Atomic Heart has still managed to interest plenty of fans over the years, who will be keen to finally get their hands on the chaotic shooter.
atomic heart gameplay
Atomic Heart is primarily a first-person shooter, but also contains action RPG elements. Players have access to a varied arsenal of weapons to blast through killer robots, but limited ammo means the focus is on melee combat.
The protagonist, P-3, is also equipped with a Polymer Glove that grants special abilities not too dissimilar from the Plasmids seen in the BioShock series. These powerful skills allow players to suspend enemies in the air, freeze them in place, or shock them with a bright electric bolt.
As the story progresses and your character levels up, more and more techniques will be unlocked, giving you even more options to turn enemies into scrap heaps.
Atomic Heart also has a large open facility to explore, filled with secrets and optional bosses to fight, while story missions take place in more self-contained, linear dungeons. The frantic gameplay will also be broken up by creative puzzles to put the full range of Polymer Glove skills to the test.
nuclear heart story
The main story of Atomic Heart takes place in 1955 in the Soviet Union, where an AI hivemind has completely replaced human labor with robots. As you’d expect, things quickly go wrong and the machines turn on the people controlling them.
We control Major Nechaev, better known as P-3, who is tasked with infiltrating Facility 3826 to keep the situation under control.
atomic heart trailers
As previously mentioned, the reveal trailer for Atomic Heart came out back in 2017, giving fans their first look at the striking setting and terrifying enemy designs.
Check it out below.
We’ve seen plenty of trailers since then including a look at Atomic Heart’s brutal gameplay which can be found here:
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