Subnautica holds a place of high regard when I think about survival games. It was a polished affair that was a load of fun, and it balanced the fear of exploring the unknown with the joys of discovery.
The game spent a lot of time in Early Access on Steam and thanks to healthy back and forth between developers Unknown Worlds Entertainment and the players, many features were added, streamlined or nixed based on feedback. Watching the game grow was almost magical, and I lost track of the number of times I restarted the game to see the progress being made.
Now Below Zero is about to, hopefully, start that same journey in Early Access. The trailer shows some of the biodiversity that we can expect in the frozen cold areas of 4546B.
“As a scientist posted to a research station on the planet’s surface, you are tasked with studying alien artefacts… The Vesper space station orbits high above you, sending supplies, instructions, and receiving samples you launch from the surface. When disaster strikes the research station, you must improvise to survive: Construct habitats, scavenge for resources, hunt for food, and craft equipment.”
Sounds like this planet is disaster prone. I think they should put a big warning label on it? Get ready to be a scientist and probably get eaten often, probably while looking at those really cute baby alien penguin things.
Subnautica: Below Zero is available on Steam in Early Access for R130.