Atomic Heart, the FPS with the lustful fridge, launched with no field-of-view controls in the options menu. The usual wailing and gnashing of teeth followed. Once Atomic Heart mods appeared, a custom FOV slider mod quickly became the most popular, being downloaded over 19,000 times. For the sake of comparison, even the NSFW Nude Twins mod has only been downloaded 5,800 times so far.
As of the latest patch, that FOV mod is no longer necessary. (Whether the nude mod is necessary I leave up to the individual reader reader.) Patch 22.214.171.124 has added FOV settings as well as ultrawide fixes, and disabled mouse acceleration. The full patch notes go into more detail, and you can read them below.
The developers promise that further updates are on the way, and will include more options for resizing the UI and subtitles, as well as remapping controller inputs. Steam Deck support is apparently on the way as well.
Given this is a Russian-made game that deals explicitly with Russian history and national identity, it’s been controversial. In his review of Atomic Heart, Rich Stanton wrote, “The game on the one hand pines for the era where Russia led the space race, and the names of its cosmonauts travelled the world, and on the other is clear-eyed about what kind of system that was, and how its principles are still being used to subjugate a population under the guise of comradeship. The names of great Russians pop up again and again in the supporting cast in tribute, as they’re used to tell a story of over-reach and ultimately the wider theme of man’s inhumanity to man. I can’t imagine finishing this game and thinking it’s presenting Russia as some wonderland ruled by wise people for the common good.”
Here are the full patch notes for version 126.96.36.199, which include a variety of bug fixes, as well as improvements to graphics and sound.
VISUAL AND AUDIOImproved VFX for Vov/a6 death in frozen stateAdd sounds for jumping in LimboFixed an issue with an incorrect displaying of PM in the NORA Repair Vendor with installed cartridgeFixed some environment collisions before the final boss fightFixed an issue with an incorrect flickering lighting at the bottom of the screen when moving around the Chelomey locationFixed an issue with P-3 body flickering in the Sechenov Center cutsceneFixed an issue with cartoons not playing sometimesFixed an issue with an incorrect loading of the first location in the VDNHFixed an issue with an incorrect loading of the boiler room after loadingFixed an issue with culling of plant in the Pesticide locationFixed an issue with the lighting in a hotel in the VillageAdded aiming sounds for MP “Revolver-type bolt frame” upgradeFixed an issue with a sound in an elevator in the VDNHFixed an issue with an environment culling in the Maya PlisetskayaTheaterFixed an issue with a sound of the Testing Ground (POLYGON 8) exit doorFixed an issue with an A-pose of mutant corpsesFixed an issue with a sound in an elevator in the Algae Workshop of the Vavilov СomplexFixed an issue with an incorrect loading of the last puzzle room in the Magnetic Shock Absorption Zone
QUESTSImproved quest markers in the VDNHFixed an issue with Tereshkova not going further if you stand close to the gateFixed an issue with an incorrect Plych spawn in the Pavlov Complex morgueFixed an issue with an elevator in the Testing Ground (POLYGON 10)Fixed an issue with a Candle in the Testing Ground (POLYGON 10)Fixed an issue with an incorrect Rotorobot spawn in the VDNHFixed an issue with missing objectsFixed an issue with a save in the Vavilov Complex tunnelsFixed an issue with a deadlock when hitting the Plyusch in the Maya Plisetskaya Theater with a Swede’s circle attackFixed an issue with getting stuck in the Testing Ground (POLYGON 1)Fixed an issue with an incorrect quest item picking while having a huge amount of resourcesFixed an issue with a quest item turning into the MARC (“Fat Boy”) ammoFixed an issue with a start of the Limbo locationFixed an issue with a crash when loading autosave in the Algae WorkshopFixed an issue with a сrash after death from the Natasha’s missileFixed an issue with the “She sells mustache on a seashore” quest updatingFixed an issue with the Black Vova’s health bar after an autosaveFixed an issue with an elevator doors in the Seed Bank of the Vavilov ComplexFixed an issue with a door in the Testing Ground (POLYGON 11)Fixed an issue with not being able to re-enter after the exit through the main entrance to VDNH right before the door closesFixed an issue with a door not opening at the start of the Limbo in the Pavlov ComplexFixed an issue with doors not opening after killing the Plyusch and all the mobs in the Testing Ground (POLYGON 9)Fixed an issue when player is loaded through an autosave on the level border on the transition from an entrance to tunnels in the Vavilov ComplexFixed an issue when part of the Sechenov’s Office area in the Chelomey is not loading when going up in an elevatorFixed an issue when part of the Ceremonial Ramp area in the VDNH isn’t loadingFixed an issue when it’s impossible to interact with the Candle in the boiler room of the Thermarium if it’s pushed behind the pipe support
GAMEPLAY / OPEN WORLDFixed an issue with the Windbender Power Generators and Dandelion CCTV System being not repaired by the PchelasFixed an issue with a missing KS-23 receiptFixed an issue with the P.E.A.R. terminal not responding to interaction in a locked room in the VDNHFixed an issue when it’s impossible to open map in the open worldFixed an issue when you can not get out of the car in some casesFixed collisions in many places to prevent being stuck in an environmentFixed an issue with an inaccessible Chirper in the Pesticide location of the Vavilov ComplexFixed an issue with consumable items in the weapon selection wheelFixed an issue with displaying of the uninstalled PM upgradesFixed an issue with displaying of the uninstalled MARC (“Fat Boy”) upgradesFixed an issue with a loot disappearing after loading the saveFixed an issue when pieces of dead frozen enemies become lootableFixed an issue with missing map objects in the Friendship of Peoples Park in the VDNHFixed an issue with falling down under the map when jumping onto the reflector at the end of the Magnetic Shock Absorption Zone
ACHIEVEMENTSFixed an issue with an achievement progress savingFixed an issue with the progress of achievements after restarting the gameFixed an issue with unlocking the “Scanner” achievementFixed an issue with unlocking the “Atomic Heart” achievementFixed an issue with unlocking the “Lord of War” achievementFixed an issue with finding/crafting MP not forwarding the “Lord of War” achievementFixed an issue with the progress of the “Hothead” achievementFixed an issue with unlocking the “Clean-up” achievement
UIFixed an issue with the NORA Repair Vendor UINORA Repair Vendor storage UI improvements for the 16:10 and 21:9 ratio monitorsImproved HUD notifications for sending items to the storageImproved skill activation HUDFixed an issue with a stuck display of the received loot
STABILITYImproved performance in some areasImproved stability – fixed some rare crashes
PC-ONLYMouse acceleration disabledFixed an issue with a soft lock when pressing space many times during the use of the NORA Repair Vendor