Developer Unknown Worlds has officially released Subnautica: Below Zero in its full release state. The survival/crafting game is no longer in Early Access on Steam, and the latest 1.0 patch is available for all owners of the game. The full release brings a plethora of fresh updates and bug fixes to the Subnautica‘s immersive alien world after more than two years in Early Access.
Subnautica: Below Zero was originally available for early access in January 2019. The road towards full release has been a long but steady one, with many players anxious to get their hands on the full version. The endgame’s secrets have slowly materialized over the game’s two-and-a-half-year lifespan but remained out of reach until full release. Subnautica: Below Zero, which was originally planned to be an ice-themed DLC expansion for the first underwater survival game, is now being sold as a standalone Subnautica sequel. With a reasonable $30 price tag to match, many are excited to finally dive into the frostbitten planet and live to hunt another day.
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Unknown Worlds proudly announced on Steam that Subnautica: Below Zero is officially out of early access as of Friday, and the game has been patched to build 1.0. The update brings bug fixes and other improvements to the game, while also unlocking the endgame for all owners of the game. Those with save files from Early Access versions can continue towards the next chapter, while new players will, of course, start from the beginning. A developer stream celebrating the final release can be viewed on the Subnautica YouTube channel.
The developer is far from done with the game even though Subnautica: Below Zero is leaving early access, however. Unknown Worlds still asks the community to share feedback as more players explore Planet 4546B. The team also announces that it will continue support for both Subnautica and Below Zero after the latter’s full release. Subnautica: Below Zero is already relatively acclaimed as a continuation of the original game’s story. Players will once again submerge themselves in an expedition to the alien planet, however this time it’s freezing over, adding land exploration into the gameplay formula. Players will need to uncover the truth about a abandoned research outpost, all while surviving encounters with dangerous creatures and the harsh, frosty elements.
Some games never escape early access releases, often doomed by low resources or development troubles. However, the success of the first entry and player support for Subnautica: Below Zero has brought the sequel to the finish line at last. If Below Zero sells well enough in the coming weeks and months, there could be more future games for the burgeoning series to come if Unknown Worlds sees fit.
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Subnautica: Below Zero is available now on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
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