Atomic Heart has surprised and delighted ever since the strange and mysterious first-person shooter was originally revealed two years ago. It gives off hints of BioShock, but with a decidedly more sci-fi twist, and now it’s back with another new gameplay trailer.
This one, which you can watch at the top of this page, shows off a very sadistic looking melee weapon as you roam the halls of VDNKH and eventually come face to face with Plyush, a mini-boss that appears to be mostly blood and tendons and is 100% disgusting. So just what is Plyush? “It’s an organic enemy which might just be a product of some secret governmental deeds,” the development team at Mundfish told IGN. “Who knows? You’ll have to find out. Maybe its a pure jelly,” they added with a laugh. Mundfish themselves call Plyush a mini-boss, too, noting that, “While Plyush shows how agile your enemies can be it’s definitely not the biggest nor it the deadliest foe.”
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Meanwhile, though Atomic Heart will be released for PS4 and Xbox One, it is primarily a next-gen game, with PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC versions planned. “Our game will have no loading screens due to [the] fast SSD,” Mundfish told IGN. “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.”
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If you’re still wondering just what Atomic Heart is all about, you’re not alone – and the developers plan to keep that sense of mystery. We asked for some kind of hint, and Mundfish said only this: “The game kicks off when robots start attacking people. P-3 will have to investigate what has caused all these events and deal with what (or who?) is behind all of this.” P-3 is, presumably, the player character.
Finally, while COVID-19 has affected Mundfish just like it has everyone else, they are on track. “We’ve had our part of issues with COVID, but that just made us stronger in the end,” they told us. “We’re in active development.” And renowned Doom composer Mick Gordon will be lending his talents to Atomic Heart, which you can hear a bit of in the new Plyush mini-boss gameplay video at the top of this page. “He is taking part in music production along with our in-house sound team,” Mundfish said. “You will have an opportunity to experience both recognizable Mick Gordon’s sound and the initial vision of our team we have started with.”
For more on Atomic Heart as development continues, stick with IGN.