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Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Digital Affairs Requested to Ban Atomic Heart

The Ministry of Ukraine has decided to take action against the recently released Atomic Heart, claiming that it will contact Valve, Sony and Microsoft to remove the game from digital stores in the region.

The authorities encouraged players in other countries to boycott the game due to its developers’ stance on the ongoing Russian invasion and other controversies surrounding the project.

Alex Bornyakov, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation, has revealed that the Ministry will send an official letter to Valve, Sony and Microsoft to completely ban sales of Atomic Heart in Ukraine, DevUA reported (via Game World Observer).

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The reason behind such a decision is that Mundfish did not issue any public statement condemning Russia’s war against Ukraine, only saying that the studio is a “peace organization” that does not comment on politics.

Furthermore, the Minister encourages players around the world to boycott the game if they support Ukraine. “We also ask that the distribution of this game in other countries be limited due to its toxicity, the possible collection of user data with the possible transfer to third parties in Russia, as well as the possible use of funds from the sales of the game to continue releasing the war against UkraineBornyakov said.

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As of now, players can no longer purchase physical copies of Atomic Heart from local Ukrainian retailers, although such an option was briefly available prior to the game’s release from some distributors. However, it is unknown why the Ministry of Digital Transformation’s initiative to completely ban the game from all stores comes shortly after the game’s release and not before.

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Atomic Heart is available on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, and PC. You can read our review by following this link.