It sounds like Atomic Heart is delayed to 2023

Atomic Heart
(Image credit: Mundfish)

Well, it turns out I was right to worry that Atomic Heart might be delayed, as indeed it sounds like its release window is being shifted back.

Mundfish slapped a tentative fall 2022 release window onto Atomic Heart near the beginning of the year, which implied it would launch somewhere between September 1 and the end of the year. But now, Focus Entertainment has announced in a press release that it's publishing Atomic Heart, and in doing so, has shared an update on its release window.

"Initially planned for 2022, the hectic and explosive Action-RPG is set to release this winter. Polishing and delivering a game of the highest quality is the priority of this talented team, with a specific launch date to be announced shortly."

Now, this is a little confusing. Focus says the game was "initially" due out in 2022, which would imply that's no longer the case, but it doesn't explicitly say it's been delayed. However, it also says it's set to release this winter, which seemingly narrows down the new release window to early 2023, but again, it's not super clear. Luckily, it sounds like we'll get an actual release date soon.

The exact reason for the apparent delay wasn't specified, but back in June, Xbox Game Pass Poland (via Bloody Disgusting) claimed to have spoken with a developer working on Atomic Heart who said the game would likely be delayed to 2023 in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Mundfish, a Russia-based developer, later refuted the report.

Here are a whole bunch of new games of 2022 to look forward to.

Jordan Gerblick

After scoring a degree in English from ASU, I worked as a copy editor while freelancing for places like SFX Magazine, Screen Rant, Game Revolution, and MMORPG on the side. Now, as GamesRadar's west coast Staff Writer, I'm responsible for managing the site's western regional executive branch, AKA my apartment, and writing about whatever horror game I'm too afraid to finish.