Atomic Heart composer donating earnings to Red Cross in protest of Russian invasion of Ukraine

Atomic Heart
(Image credit: Mundfish)

Atomic Heart's composer will donate fees earned from the game to charity in solidarity with Ukraine's opposition to Russia's invasion.

Earlier today, on February 14, composer Mick Gordon posted the lengthy message below to his Twitter account. The Atomic Heart composer reveals he began work on the game in April 2020, nearly two years before Russia declared war on Ukraine in February 2022, but will now be donating his entire fee from Atomic Heart in support of Ukraine. 

Gordon writes how Atomic Heart's "unique aesthetic," along with his personal love for "Soviet-era synthesizers," immediately compelled him to work on the game with developer Mundfish. The composer maintains that working with the Russian developer was an "absolute delight," and says he still can't wait to hear his music in the final version of Atomic Heart.

Despite this, Gordon will donate his entire fee from Atomic Heart to the Australian Red Cross' Ukraine Crisis Appeal. The composer remains "horrified" at "Putin's army" escalating the war in Ukraine, and hopes his donation will make a difference for the people of Ukraine, asking followers to donate to the Australian Red Cross as well if they can.

Gordon's statement paints his work with Mundfish in a positive light. Earlier this year, the Cyprus-based Russian developer was heavily criticized for their anti-war statement, which namely stopped short of actually naming the Russian war against Ukraine, an aspect which critics argued meant Mundfish's statement had little meaning or intent behind it.

Additionally, it was alleged the studio was collecting data for Russian authorities last month. Mundfish denied the allegations, claiming that the section of their website that highlighted this data harvesting was outdated, and the section has since been removed entirely. This, and the studio's statement on the Russo-Ukraine war, has seen some Atomic Heart fans say they wouldn't be playing the game come launch later this month on February 21.

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Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.