Just a few weeks after asserting that it could be out earlier than the tip of the yr, it appears just like the super-weird faux-Soviet ARPG Atomic Heart may be delayed.

I say “might” as a result of, actually,  it isn’t clear what is going on on. On August 25, developer Mundfish dropped a brand new gameplay trailer and introduced that Atomic Heart can be out someday in This autumn 2022—that’s, someday between October 1 and December 31. It wasn’t essentially the most exact launch plan ever, but it surely was ok to make it to Steam.

(Image credit score: Mundfish (through Steam))

But yesterday, Focus Home Interactive introduced that it had signed a cope with Mundfish to publish Atomic Heart, and that the discharge date had been adjusted in consequence.

“Initially planned for 2022, the hectic and explosive action-RPG is set to release this winter,” Focus Home mentioned. “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.”

And now, the Atomic Heart Steam web page says:

(Image credit score: Mundfish (through Steam))

Those of us who dwell in northern climes will instantly acknowledge {that a} huge chunk of “this winter” is in reality This autumn 2022. The change, then, reasonably strongly means that Atomic Heart will not flip up till early 2023—or not less than {that a} move into subsequent yr is a powerful chance. Nowhere within the announcement is the phrase “delay” used, to be clear, however you do not make a change if there’s nothing to vary, right?

This truly is not the primary time we have heard a couple of potential delay of Atomic Heart into 2023. In June, Xbox Game Pass Poland (Google translated, through Bloody Disgusting) reported that the game was prone to be delayed into 2023 due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Mundfish is a Russian studio, not Ukrainian, however the group had reportedly suspended work on the game instantly after the invasion started, not less than partly due to Western sanctions towards Russia had impacted ethical on the the studio and made it “difficult for developers to live and work.” Mundfish later denied that improvement of Atomic Heart had ever paused, however didn’t touch upon whether or not the game was prone to be delayed.

I’ve reached out to Focus Home for clarification on whether or not we must always now count on Atomic Heart in 2023 or if that is all just a few wonky inter-company bookkeeping confusion, and can update if I obtain a reply.