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'Atomic Heart' Is Looking Like A Slick, Soviet-Style 'BioShock'

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'Atomic Heart' Is Looking Like A Slick, Soviet-Style 'BioShock'

Atomic Heart, an upcoming immersive first-person shooter from studio Mundfish, is looking mighty fine and mighty fiery, if we do say so ourselves.

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It's been in the works for a long time now, but if you're fresh to this eccentric and explosive title, let us bring you up to speed. Atomic Heart is set in an alternate reality, one where the Soviet Union gained access to novel technologies like the internet, robotics, and holograms. Ergo, it becomes a superpower unlike any other nation on the planet, but it is plagued by the tensions of communism, imperialism and intermittent yet violent conflicts with the West. The player steps into the shoes of a Soviet Special Duty KGB officer, called P-3, who is tasked with the investigation of a manufacturing facility that has gone dark.

Upon their arrival, they find that the cause is a serious robot control system malfunction, making the machines extremely aggressive towards their creators. Offering an open world "full of lush Soviet nature and less spacious territories of the Facility complexes with its secret underground and above-ground labs, bunkers and robotic logistics systems," it's an immersive sim with FPS and RPG elements mixed in like a wonderfully lethal smoothie. Think BioShock with a dash of 2017's Prey, and a generous spoonful of Metro on top. Delicious.

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Furthermore, the game is in development for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, as well as last-gen consoles and PCs, and will arrive some time this year. "Our game will have no loading screens due to [the] fast SSD," said Mundfish. "Next-gen hardware also provides an exclusive opportunity to fulfill our artistic vision and deliver our game with stunning visuals with no downgrading, which was absolutely essential for current gen." Resultantly, it would be fair to assume that the technical specifications for Atomic Heart would be a daunting set of numbers and letters and acronyms. In fact, it appears manageable, which is positive news.

Atomic Heart / Credit: Mundfish
Atomic Heart / Credit: Mundfish

The minimum specs for PC are:

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  • OS: WINDOWS:registered: 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-BIT Required)
  • Processor: Intel Core [email protected] or AMD FX [email protected]
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 (3 GB) or AMD Radeon R9 290 (4GB)
  • Storage: 22 GB available space

And, the recommended specs for Atomic Heart are:

  • OS: WINDOWS:registered: 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-BIT Required)
  • Processor: Intel Core [email protected] or Ryzen 5 [email protected]
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB) or AMD Radeon RX 580 (8GB)
  • Storage: 22 GB available space
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Mundfish is yet to announce a more concrete release date outside of "2021," and it's possible that the impact of the pandemic on the industry has encouraged it to keep its cards close to its chest. In any event, it's exciting that these specs have been revealed, as it might insinuate that Atomic Heart is on its way sooner than we thought.

Featured Image Credit: Mundfish

Topics: Xbox, PS5, News

Imogen Donovan
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