What else would you want from Subnautica than to “throw” you in another alien world with lots of underwater exploration and species that you haven’t seen already? The developing team of the famous exploration game is releasing just that. Subnautica Below Zero has been announced as a standalone expansion for the base game, throwing you in an unwelcoming new planet.
The first thing to notice about Subnautica Below Zero is its name. The words indicate the existence of extremely cold environments, however, this isn’t all. Apart from the world of the new expansion being cold, it will include new alien forms as well. Its description reads:
Unknown Worlds is building a stand-alone expansion to Subnautica, called Subnautica Below Zero. Set in an ice-bound region of planet 4546B, after the events of the original game, Below Zero will offer a new chapter in the Subnautica universe.
The upcoming standalone expansion won’t see its official release any time soon but an unfinished, early access version of it will launch on Steam. What the team wants to do is build a basis for Subnautica Below Zero, release that version early and then build around that to create the final game based on players’ feedback.
Judging by its website, the concept art for Subnautica Below Zero looks amazing. Not only does the world feel cold and distant but the fact that it includes new alien forms makes the underwater even more tempting.
Unknown Worlds has released a Trello planner for the finished, ongoing and future plans for Subnautica Below Zero, which you can thoroughly examine (if you are not interested about being spoiled about its content). It includes a 2D Overview of the full map, concept art and screenshots taken from the game and more. What we’ll keep from this planner, is that the first 30 minutes of gameplay in the upcoming expansion is done and they are enjoyable.
Make sure to follow the developing team for more updates on their upcoming project and look out for Subnautica Below Zero when it hits Steam Early Access in the months to come.