At this point, it’s safe to say that Atomic Heart is light on tutorials, annoyingly light. But can really blame everything on the game? You’re always trying to stay one step ahead of constantly repairing robots and mutants that want to face-hug you. Maybe tutorials should have been introduced at a less stressful time. That’s what our experience was when it came to locking picking in Atomic Heart.
In this guide, we’ll tell you how to actually pick a lock in Atomic Heart. These are very much different from the puzzle locks that require either a “cookie” or a bit of brain power in order to solve. The locks that we are talking about are the regular old locks that one might call “low-tech”.
If you’ve Bethesda games like Fallout 4 or Fallout 76, this is will be very familiar to you.
To open a common lock in Atomic Heart, you’ll need to perform two actions: getting a feel for the grooves and a rotating action that opens the lock when the pins are aligned.
If you’re on a controller, you’ll be using the Left joystick to align the pins. Then you’ll want to press R2/RT to rotate the cylinder. On mouse and keyboard, you’ll be moving the mouse right and left to align the pins and then pressing the left mouse button to rotate the cylinder.
Like in many games in the past, you’ll get the feel by moving left and right. You’ll feel less resistance the closer you are to the sweet spot. Once you have the right angle down, press down on the corresponding button until the cylinder fully rotates. If they all line up, the lock should give and the door will swing open.
And that’s all we have to say about opening locks in Atomic Heart. As Agent P-3, you’ll encounter lots of locks throughout your run of Facility 3826. At least you know now what to do and won’t have to look elsewhere for a key.
Check out this video from Youtuber Kibbles Gaming where he shows us how to pick a lock in Atomic Heart on both M&K and controller.