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Atomic Heart Devs Released Vague Statement on War

In response to Internet users' accusations, the developers of Atomic Heart have published a statement outlining their position on the war in Ukraine. However, it is somewhat lacking.

This past weekend ResetEra and Reddit have seen a number of posts appear, the authors of which accused Mundfish - the developers of the soon-to-be released Atomic Heart - that it supports Russia over the war in Ukraine. The arguments of Internet users included an analysis of the alleged connotations of members of the development team with the Russian political scene. Some even put forward the thesis that the game's release was deliberately set for February 21, 2023 - and thus almost on the anniversary of the outbreak of the war, which falls on February 24.

In response to these allegations, Mundfish issued a statement on Twitter, in which it asserts its pro-peace approach and focus solely on the game.

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Source: Twitter / Mundfish #AtomicHeart.

Admittedly, for a message intended to assure the studio's stance on not supporting Russia over the war in Ukraine, the above words sound rather neutral. Perhaps that is why further accusations were made under the quoted tweets.

Slightly more specific statements can be found on the social media of some Mundfish members - e.g. here the Ukrainians are called brothers. On the other hand, on their website the team declares that its headquarters are in Cyprus.

As mentioned earlier, Atomic Heart will be released on February 21, 2023. At launch, the title will be available on PC, PS4, PS5, XOne and XSX/S, as well as in PC/Xbox Game Pass. You can see the game in action here.

Hubert Sledziewski

Hubert Sledziewski

A sociologist by education, a gamer by passion. His adventure with gaming began at the age of four – with the Famicom clone. Currently, he prefers PC and challenging RPGs, but doesn't shy away from consoles or other genres. He has been writing professionally since 2016. He joined Gamepressure five years later – although he has known the website ever since he had access to the Internet – to combine his love of writing and games. He mainly deals with news and editorials. When he's not playing or writing, he's happiest reading, watching TV shows (less often movies) and Premier League matches, listening to heavy music, and walking his dog. He loves Stephen King's works almost unconditionally. He has not abandoned plans to follow in his footsteps. However, he keeps his first "literary achievements" locked away deep in a drawer.

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