Why Didn’t they Call it Sub-Zero?
Unknown Worlds’ Subnautica was officially released in 2018, but fans have been able to play it since 2014 through Early Access. This strategy has led to Subnautica’s success, following in the footsteps of games like Minecraft, who did the same thing. Some Early Access games have been cash grabs, but when success stories arise, we have our hope restored in the business strategy. Unknown Worlds’ follow-up Subnautica: Below Zero will also be entering Early Access next week. If you do intend to play it at its earliest stages, know what you’re walking into.
As the name may suggest, Subnautica: Below Zero is an arctic variant of the Subnautica experience. It will take place on the same planet as the first game, but in a different area. In addition to managing oxygen when underwater, it is likely that the player will also have to manage their heat. In a developer’s blog, Unknown Worlds devs prefaced the Early Access release will full transparency. “Below Zero is not finished. It is full of bugs. It lacks polish, runs poorly, and is missing features. We are offering Early Access not because we want your money, but because we want your feedback. We make better games when we make them with you.”
Not a ringing endorsement, but when Subnautica was first available, it was also in super early stages and look how it turned out. If you liked the first game, you can rest easy knowing that Unknown Worlds has things under control. Fans can find Subnautica: Below Zero on Steam, Epic Games, and Discord stores on January 30th.
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Source: PC Gamer