Atomic Heart: Ukraine Wants the Title Banned; Game Launched Without Ray-Tracing Support Right After a Dev Version Leak
The Ukrainian government has called for the banning of Atomic Heart, the new FPS game developed by Russian game studio Mundfish.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Affairs cited reasons such as the “toxicity” of the game, its alleged promotion of communist ideology and the Soviet Union, and the potential for data collection and transfer to third parties in Russia to ban the game.
In a statement to Ukrainian website Dev.au and in English to PCGamesN, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation, Alex Bornyakov, said that an official letter will be sent to Sony, Microsoft, and Valve requesting the ban of digital versions of Atomic Heart in Ukraine.
The minister also called for users around the world to avoid the game due to its funding from Russian enterprises, and the alleged lack of condemnation by the developers of the Putin regime and the conflict in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the composer for Atomic Heart, Mick Gordon, is donating his fee in support of Ukraine.
No ray tracing on launch in Atomic Heart
It appears that players will have to wait a little longer to experience Atomic Heart’s heavily promoted ray tracing feature.
According to Rock Paper Shotgun, who reached out to the developers for clarification, the press relation team behind the game said that “the devs will be looking into implementing this post-launch.”
A build of Atomic Heart was also leaked on Reddit before its launch. Some gameplay footage had made its way to the internet, weeks before the game came out.