Atomic Heart is in the final stages of development, but no release date just yet

Written by Neil Soutter on Wed, Aug 11, 2021 1:21 PM
System Requirements Optimum 1080p PC Build Low vs Ultra Screenshots GPU Performance Chart CPU List That Meet System Requirements GPU List That Meet System Requirements

Immersive Sims may not be the most popular or successful genre of video games, but that doesn’t stop some developers from trying. The upcoming Soviet Immersive Sim known as Atomic Heart has captured the attention of many gamers, and it looks like it might be close to releasing soon.

Developer Mundfish recently answered some questions in their official Discord group via their updated FAQ. In it, they revealed that Atomic Heart is in the final stages of development, but they don’t want to announce a final release date just yet over worries of delays. Plus, we got some more information on gameplay.

You should know the main thing: never before were we able to say “The game is ready, now it is at the stage of polishing and final assembly”. And now, quite recently, we said this phrase – and it is true. The long wait is almost over, we promise,” Mundfish said.

We cannot tell you the release date right now due to a million little nuances, starting with factors beyond our control (localization of the game into other languages), and ending with the mood and atmosphere within the team, which will obviously be worse if we eventually have to move this date.

But that’s not all, as Mundfish also revealed that Atomic Heart will include 2 endings to the game, which is quite a surprise considering the game will have a “strict linear plot”. Either way, the ending will depend on a certain moral choice that players will have to make towards the end of the game:

We've put an important moral choice in the hands of the player closer to the finale, because we want to nudge the community to argue and discuss about the themes that we have laid out in the story. We want you to draw your own conclusions and make your own decision, not being influenced by forces from above.

Hopefully Mundfish can stick the landing with that, as usually ending a game with an arbitrary ‘pick your ending’ without any sense of build up to it doesn’t usually end well (see: Mass Effect 3’s infamous Red/Blue/Green ending). Then again, if it is all to provoke discussion regarding themes, maybe this time won’t be so bad.

What do you think? Are you excited for Atomic Heart? How do you feel about the ‘pick your ending’ mechanic towards the end of games? Can it work? Or does it always end in disappointment? And when do you think Atomic Heart will actually release? Let us know!

Are you excited for Atomic Heart?

Login or Register to join the debate

Rep
97
Offline
admin approved badge
00:59 Aug-12-2021

This game has been in development for so long, I honestly can't wait for release.

0
Rep
105
Offline
17:44 Aug-11-2021

This game is looking good, hopefully it has DLSS or FSR and the game delivers

1
Rep
160
Offline
22:36 Aug-11-2021

personally I'd rather hope it's optimized well even before using DLSS/FSR

0
Rep
272
Offline
admin approved badge
23:09 Aug-11-2021

That's true! But if it means that the devs can "futureproof" the graphics more but you only get decent fps with DLSS - I'm down for it, since I also like to revisit games every now and again with new hardware :)

0
Rep
28
Offline
13:41 Aug-11-2021

Looks like a strange russian bioshock...im interested.

1
Rep
272
Offline
admin approved badge
16:40 Aug-11-2021

First time you're seeing it? Mick Gordon apparently is working on the OST :)

0
Rep
3
Offline
16:40 Aug-11-2021

Wait, for real tho? :O

0
Rep
272
Offline
admin approved badge
20:51 Aug-11-2021

Yeah, dude! Mick posted a few teasers on his insta. Here's one - you can find the rest yourself if you click through to his profile :)


And THIS is an older gameplay trailer featuring his dope music.

0

Can They Run... |

| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Radeon RX 580 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 2600 GeForce RTX 2060 Super 8GB 16GB
Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 2060 6GB 16GB
66.6667% Yes [3 votes]