Brand new screenshots from Atomic Heart have leaked on the internet amidst rumors of trailers that were fabricated as vertical slices.
A Reddit user who claims to have access to game files from Atomic Heart has leaked a number of alleged screenshots from the game. Their post has since been deleted, but the screenshots can be seen below.
It’s not clear at this point whether these screenshots were taken from another fabricated trailer or an existing build of the actual game.
The leak comes a few days after it was reported that Atomic heart trailers were developed as a vertical slice, and that the project has been the victim of crunches and mismanagement. As it turns out, development of Atomic Heart has suffered through crunch, failed promises to the development team regarding bonuses, mismanagement, lack of milestones, reboots, fabricated traiiers, feature creep, and several other problems.
Development builds of the game would be presented to investors every annual quarter, which resulted in the demand for significant changes to the project. Gameplay trailers of Atomic Heart were reportedly developed as vertical slices instead of being captured from a working build of the game, giving the impression of a polished game to audiences. It was decided at some point that the game would feature an open world with various paths and dungeons.
Robert Bagratuni, a CEO/investor associated with the project is of the view that the game sells only a picture and a story, and, therefore, the gameplay can be neglected. According to him, the development team at Mundfish has a lot of work to do, and he believes they can and should give up “primitive joys like weekends and vacations” for the betterment of the project. He promised that developers will be reimbursed with bonuses beyond their expectation. As mentioned earlier, the management failed to deliver on these promises, as the bonuses never came through.