The Moscow studio Mundfish told why the action about the alternative USSR Atomic Heart in Russia and the CIS countries will come out only on the VK Play site. The bottom line is that the developers wanted to “ensure the launch of Atomic Heart in Russia and the CIS at the level that the game truly deserves.”
“Sale [Atomic Heart] on the VK Play platform will allow players to support developers without overpaying to intermediaries, as well as not having to convert currencies or register other payment systems,” Mundfish said.
On this platform, the game will be available for purchase in the Russian Federation, as well as in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. In other countries, it will need to be purchased through Steam.
Separately, the developers noted that the rumors about the parallel sale of the game on Russian Steam are not true. There, the action page will be removed in the near future. But the console versions, most likely, will have to wait already on the disks.
The release of Atomic Heart is expected this winter on PC (Steam worldwide, VK Play in the CIS), PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S. The exact release date will be announced soon.