Atomic Heart flip-flops on multiplayer, now says it'll be single player only

Atomic Heart combat
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Atomic Heart has reversed course on multiplayer, now confirming that "the entire experience" will be single-player.

You might remember that, once upon a time, Atomic Heart developer Mundfish had been planning PvP elements and even had this little tidbit on the game's website (thanks, PC Gamer (opens in new tab)): "If you are ready to challenge other players, a secret railway will get you to a special region meant for PvP battle." The studio also told Wccftech back in 2019 (opens in new tab) that there would be dedicated PvP regions, however it's now confirmed (opens in new tab) to the same publication that there won't be multiplayer at all in Atomic Heart.

"The entire Atomic Heart experience will be single-player, focusing on the story and player experience," said game director Robert Bagratuni. "No multiplayer add-ons are planned at this time."

Bagratuni didn't get into the reasoning for the flip-flop, but he did attribute the game's prolonged delay to "youth, ambition, innovation, and new technology." He also broke down some of the game's post launch plans, which will include at least four DLC packs and "new territories, quests, puzzles, enemies, as well as character and world stories."

"We plan to significantly expand both the open-world territories, as well as new complexes and labs - where the player will learn more about the Atomic Heart world and will need to complete new challenges."

On a loosely related note, Atomic Heart also got a new trailer today showcasing its DLSS 3 and ray tracing features. As ever, it's a stupidly pretty looking game, although it probably won't look quite as good on consoles, especially last-gen ones. Here's that gameplay trailer for ya:

Atomic Heart is just one of the many new games of 2023 we can't wait to play.

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