Microsoft, Sony, and Valve will be asked to ban Atomic Heart digital sales in Ukraine

By Heidi Nicholas,

The Ukraine government will call on Microsoft, Sony, and Valve to ban digital sales of Atomic Heart in Ukraine, and will "also urge limiting the distribution of this game in other countries."

Atomic Heart from developer Mundfish is now out, and the Ukraine government plans to write a letter to Microsoft, Sony, and Valve asking for a ban on digital sales of the game in Ukraine.
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Alex Bornyakov, Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation in Ukraine, initially shared a statement on the matter on, a Ukrainian website. PCGamesN managed to obtain an English translation from the Ukrainian government.

"Regarding the situation with the release of the game Atomic Heart, which has Russian roots and romanticises communist ideology and the Soviet Union, The Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine will send an official letter to Sony, Microsoft, and Valve requesting a ban on selling digital versions of this game in Ukraine,” Bornyakov begins.

"We also urge limiting the distribution of this game in other countries due to its toxicity, potential data collection of users, and the potential use of money raised from game purchases to conduct a war against Ukraine... According to media reports, the game’s development was funded by Russian enterprises. Therefore, we call for all users worldwide to avoid this game. We also want to emphasise that the game developers have not publicly condemned the Putin regime and the bloody war that Russia has unleashed against Ukraine.”

As of yet there has been no response from Mundfish. The developer has frequently cropped up in discussions about Russia's invasion of Ukraine — as PCGamesN points out, there have been alleged connections between Mundfish and Russian companies. Mundfish was also accused of harvesting data for Russian state authorities (thanks, GamesRadar+), which it denied. As Eurogamer notes, Mundfish also drew criticism for what was seen as a vague statement when it spoke about Russia invading Ukraine. Atomic Heart composer Mick Gordon, on the other hand, donated his fee for working on Atomic Heart to the Australian Red Cross' Ukraine Crisis Appeal.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Heidi graduated with an MA in English Literature, and now enjoys writing news, reviews, and features across TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies. When she’s not writing, Heidi is usually either looking for her next RPG, or trying to convince the rest of the team to hear about yet another delightfully wholesome game she has found.
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