Atomic Heart describes itself as an adventure first-person shooter that unfolds in an alternative universe, during hieght of the Soviet Union. You will be taking on the role of special agent P-3 who was sent by the Soviet government to a highly secret facility # 3826 after it went silent. This all sounds like a fairly standard premise for a game, but you may not think so after watching the following trailer:
Developer Mundfish promises a "Soviet setting with a pitch of insanity, action-packed gameplay and a thrilling story to keep you entertained for the whole duration of your journey into the world of Atomic Heart." From what we can gather from the trailer this means a wide assortment of strange and deadly rogue robots, a good measure of weird reality altering sci-fi and (literally) bloody zombies. The visuals also look amazing!
The game evokes comparisons to Fallout, Bioshock, S.T.A.L.K.E.R, NieR: Automata and I even got a bit of a Dead Island vibe from the melee combat. What this really means is that Atomic Heart, while it shares a resemblance to other games, certainly stands out from the crowd as something new and exciting. There is even a love story to be uncovered according a blog on the game's website: "Even the toughest times can't stop the two loving hearts from embracing each other. Explore the world of Atomic Heart to learn more about the love story between the two employees of the facility # 3826" The accompanying image seems to hint at some forbidden love between man and machine, which could prove quite interesting.
The game is set in an open-world, resembling the length and breadth of the Soviet Union and has a crafting system where you can improve or modify your weapons with scrap that you find in the world. It also sounds like ammunition will be quite scarce and so you will have to rely on other methods such as stealth and melee combat in order to stay alive.
According to the game listing on Steam, Atomic Heart is set for release in 2018. More specific info should be provided in the next 3 months.