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Atomic Heart: Game time and chapters of the shooter at a glance

Here you can find everything about game time and chapters in Atomic Heart.

Here you can find everything about game time and chapters in Atomic Heart.

In Atomic Heart we are transported to an alternative Soviet Union in the 1950s and as a KGB agent to research area 3826, where a horde of robots have gone mad. The debut work from developer Mundfish is a thoroughbred story shooter without multiplayer and accordingly divided into various sections. We’ll tell you what they are and how long you can expect to play.

These chapters are in Atomic Heart

Directly in advance: The game doesn’t have classic numbered chapters, so it’s pretty hard, if not impossible, to tell where you are in the story. Still, Atomic Heart can be broken down well by its locations, where the main missions of the game take place.

Accordingly, the following breakdown has been created by us and not the representation of the game. You’ll also find an approximate playing time for each chapter, so you know roughly how long each section will last.

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Warning: the following paragraph contains spoilers

  • Prolog: Chelomei (approx. 1 hour)
  • Chapter 1: Vavilov Complex (approx. 4 hours)
  • Chapter 2: Way to the tram station (approx. 1 hour)
  • Chapter 3: The exhibition (approx. 3 hours)
  • Chapter 4: The data center (about 30 minutes)
  • Chapter 5: The Theater (about 2 hours)
  • Chapter 6: The Bridge (about 10 minutes)
  • Chapter 7: The Hospital (about 2 hours)
  • Chapter 8: The Lighthouse (approx. 1 hour)
  • Chapter 9: Return to Chelomei (about 30 minutes)

Please note: The specified playing times can of course vary depending on the shooter experience and the selected level of difficulty and are therefore only to be regarded as guide values.

How long does it take to get into the open world?

Atomic Heart doesn’t throw you directly into the open overworld, but lets you complete the fairly linear prologue and a rather excessive main mission in the Wawilow complex before entering the first part of the overworld. This is the case after about 5 hours of play, but you shouldn’t expect a classic open world in the style of Far Cry and Co. in Atomic Heart anyway.

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Need an introduction to Atomic Heart’s fresh setting? Please:

Atomic Heart - The setting of the new shooter in the detailed gameplay trailer



Atomic Heart – The setting of the new shooter in the detailed gameplay trailer

Atomic Heart: You can plan as much playing time

  • Story Completion: about 15 hours
  • Story and a few side quests: about 20 hours
  • Complete everything: about 30 hours

As you can see from the chapter overview above, it takes time about 15 hoursuntil the Atomic Heart credits roll across the screen. In this estimated playing time you complete the story of the shooter, here too the actual time can of course vary up or down – depending on whether you are playing on what level of difficulty or whether you read through all of the numerous text logs.

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Hardly any side tasks: Apart from the actual main story, Atomic Heart has little to offer. After all, there are eight optional puzzle dungeons, for which you can generously plan 30 minutes to an hour each. 20 hours Spending time in Atomic Heart without getting bored is therefore possible without any problems, if you also want to collect all the achievements/trophies, it should be busy even longer, we estimate the completionist time at around 30 hours.


Atomic Heart will be available on February 21, 2023 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One and PC. If you have subscribed to Game Pass, you can play the title there at launch at no additional cost. For more information on the game itself, we recommend our Atomic Heart review.