Those who’ve plumbed the depths of Subnautica‘s oceans may have some chilly new waters to discover very quickly. Standalone growth Subnautica: Below Zero launches on Steam, Discord and the Epic Store on January 30th, albeit in early entry. There’s frosty new biomes to outlive, unusual new alien wildlife to eat (or be eaten by) and extra to do on the floor. There’s even going to be alien penguins (referred to as Pengwings – sure, actually), which might be cute if 1 / 4 of their physique wasn’t an infinite, vertical spike-lined clamshell, as you possibly can see under.
This time, gamers management a scientist despatched to analyze alien artifacts. Naturally, issues take a flip for the disastrous, leaving you remoted from the orbital station that might help you, and compelled to scavenge, hunt and rebuild. Still, it shouldn’t’ be fairly as demanding this time should you received a deal with on the rhythms of gathering meals, oxygen and supplies final time spherical. From what little they’re mentioning on the official pages, we’ll be delving just a little deeper into the alien race who left a lot under the waves, and the organisations making an attempt to analysis their expertise – this time there’s extra to fret about than your individual well-being.
Thanks to sharing quite a lot of basis with the unique Subnautica, Below Zero gained’t be in early entry for as lengthy, however Unknown Worlds nonetheless reckon it’ll take at the least one 12 months to complete. The preliminary launch goes to be fairly transient story-wise (estimated at round an hour or two of issues to do, absolutely voice acted), however the early-game areas will likely be detailed and explorable. Unknown Worlds do warn that the game gained’t run in addition to the unique Subnautica at first, so anticipate frame-rate dips, however that ought to enhance over time.
They plan on increasing the game outwards and deeper downwards over the course of early entry. More autos are on the way in which, together with a hoverbike to discover the planet’s icy floor. The highway to Below Zero’s last launch must be a smoother trip this time spherical, at the least in comparison with the unique’s prolonged keep in early entry, and Unknown Worlds plan on bumping up the value just a little – 25%, they are saying – at launch.
The first early entry model of Subnautica: Below Zero launches on January 30th, 6pm GMT. It’ll value £15.49/€16.79/$19.99, and be out there on Steam, Discord (no retailer web page but, sorry) and Epic. Unknown Worlds are going to be streaming the game reside and debuting a launch trailer on the day through YouTube and Twitch.