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A New Underwater Adventure

The creators of Subnautica, Unknown Worlds, has a new underwater experience in Early Access on Steam. It is the same world as the first game, but set one year in the future and in a different part of the ocean. Welcome to Subnautica: Below Zero.

As a huge fan of the first Subnautica game, I am excited to see more of this alien water planet. Unknown Worlds is a reliable company when it comes to using the Early Access program properly. They deliver on bug fixes and content additions in a timely manner to eventually get the game out of Early Access. I hope they will treat Subnautica: Below Zero the same way.

The Strange and Familiar Arctic Sea

Your role in the arctic region of planet 4546B is a scientist studying alien artifacts. A space station orbits high above you, sending supplies and instructions to you while you send them back samples you launch from the surface.

Suddenly, disaster strikes your research station, putting you in a survival situation. Scavenge for resources, construct habitats, craft supplies, and hunt for food. Hike snowy peaks and discover icy caves. Some creatures can help you, but others will most definitely try and hurt you. Try not to get eaten by the giant sea creatures.

A new alien creature called Pengwings. Image courtesy of Unknown Worlds.

The Legacy of the Aliens

The first Subnautica game explored the original residents of the planet. We discovered how they perished due to a planet-wide disease they were on the cusp of curing, how they built a giant gun to prevent anyone from landing on or leaving the planet, and how they tried to prevent the disease from spreading to the rest of the universe. These aliens were very advanced, according to the artifacts they left behind that are still bursting with nuclear-level energy.

What other secrets did they leave behind? It is your job to find out. Each Early Access update will unlock more of the story, like the first Subnautica did. According to the Steam page, you’ll have more to worry about than just alien contraptions and hungry sea creatures. Can you trust the orders of your superiors?

An alien base from the first Subnautica game. Image courtesy of Subnautica Wiki.

What to Expect

Subnautica: Below Zero was released in Early Access on January 30th. So far, reviews are mixed between people that do not understand how Early Access works, and people that know Unknown Worlds will release more content as soon as they can.

According to the reviews, so far the game only has about 2-3 hours worth on content at this time. The game is buggy, but has a lot of potential. Despite having similar mechanics and creatures, players are reporting that the game still feels like a new adventure. General consensus: if you liked Subnautica, you will like Subnautica: Below Zero.

I can’t wait to dive in. How about you?

(P.S. Am I the only one that thinks they missed the chance to name the new game “Sub Zero?”)