The Atomic Heart release date is very nearly here! In fact, you can start playing today in the UK and some other countries.


Coming to us from developers Mundfish and publishers Focus Entertainment, Atomic Heart is a sci-fi shooter set in a robot-infested version of the 1950s Soviet Union. Think of it like Man in the High Castle meets BioShock and maybe you've got a decent idea.

The game's high-octane trailers have put it on the radar, and many of us are looking forward to playing it on Xbox Game Pass and beyond. Keep on reading and we'll run through all of the key details!

When is the Atomic Heart release date?

The Atomic Heart release date is Tuesday 21st February 2023, the publishers from Focus Entertainment have confirmed.

That being said, due to the magic of time difference, players in some territories (including PC players in the UK) will be able to start playing on Monday 20th February.

What is the UK launch time for Atomic Heart?

Here in the UK, players on PC will be able to start playing Atomic Heart at 11pm GMT on Monday 20th February.

Players on console and Xbox Game Pass will have to wait an extra hour and one further minute: that version of the game will unlock at 12:01am GMT on the morning of Tuesday 21st February.

F0r the unlock times in other regions, check out the handy graphic below.

Is Atomic Heart on Xbox Game Pass?

Yes, Atomic Heart will launch on Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft's official Xbox Wire blog confirms that Atomic Heart will be available for Game Pass subscribers on console, PC and cloud.

The graphic above confirms that Game Pass members will be able to start playing at midnight local time, just one minute into Tuesday 21st February.

Can I pre-order Atomic Heart?

If you're not an Xbox Game Pass person, yes, it is possible to order Atomic Heart the old-fashioned way. You can buy a physical boxed copy from retailers including Amazon and GAME, or head to CD Keys for a significant discount on PC and other digital download codes.

What platforms and console can I get Atomic Heart on?

Atomic Heart is gearing up for a release on multiple platforms. Microsoft Windows PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S are all set to be home for it.

Apologies to Nintendo Switch players - Atomic Heart is not currently slated to launch on Switch, but maybe a port will come along in the future. You never know!

Atomic Heart gameplay

Atomic Heart looks to be a fast and frantic first-person shooter with an action role-playing element included too. Check out the video above to see it in action!

Weapons all appear to be of the improvised variety and it looks as though you will find them as you go - there is just as much focus on melee weapons here as there are guns and other types of firepower.

And another reason for the melee-heavy combat is that while ammo can be found in the game, it does not come along often and there will be many times you will be left bullet-less if you don't use whatever you do find carefully.

Picking up scraps as you go is a must as crafting is a feature in the game and weapons can be made that way – weapons can be upgraded as the game goes on too.

Atomic Heart story

As for the story, here is the official synopsis: "Atomic Heart takes place in the Soviet Union in an alternative reality sometime in 1955 where technology like the internet, holograms and robots have already been invented.

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"The main protagonist is a mentally-unstable KGB special agent called P-3, who is sent by the government to investigate a manufacturing facility that has fallen silent, only to find out that the machines have gone rogue and bioengineering strange experiments."

Atomic Heart trailer

Boy oh boy, have we got a treat for you. There is an incredible Atomic Heart trailer doing the rounds, and it gives you a good look at the type of deranged gameplay you will be experiencing. While we wait for the Atomic Heart release date to give us the gifts, feast your eyes on this!

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