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New biomes could be coming to Subnautica in post-launch expansions

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Update, January 25: Subnautica’s developers are speaking about adding an arctic biome in future expansions.

Unknown Worlds Entertainment’s Charlie Cleveland spoke with Rock, Paper, Shotgun just before Subnautica’s 1.0 release January 23 and discussed some tentative plans for the game now that it’s out of Early Access.

Find out how Subnautica's community helped make its underwater world so exciting to explore.

One possibility is the addition of an arctic biome, which is an idea that’s been kicking around on the studio’s public roadmap for Subnautica for some time.

However, plans for future content aren’t at all solid yet, and Cleveland indicated the team wants to see how version 1.0 performs financially before committing to any plans for DLC, which they’re “80-90 percent sure” they’re going to do at some point in the form of paid expansions.

Right now he says the team is focused more on making sure the game is working smoothly.

Should additional content be in the works, it almost certainly will not include multiplayer or modding support.

“We made the game we wanted to make with Subnautica,” Cleveland told RPS. 

Original story, January 10: Subnautica has an official release date. A countdown timer on developer Unknown Worlds Entertainment’s website has revealed when the Early Access survival game’s 1.0 launch livestream will go live.

At the time of writing, that countdown is at 13 days and just under 14 hours. Meaning the livestream will begin at 02:15 GMT on Wednesday January 24 (18:15 on Tuesday January 23 PST). According to Unknown Worlds, the stream will include the premiere of the Subnautica cinematic trailer, interviews with developers, and the live pushing of ‘The Big Red Launch Button’. There’ll also be “real-life sea creatures,” apparently, but their role in proceedings isn’t exactly clear.

The underwater Early Access survival game has been in ongoing development since December 2014, and had initially suggested a late 2017 release date. Since that 2014 date, however, the developers claim it has been entirely playable, and over the past three years the game has received an update every five to eight weeks, on average.

You can watch the full stream on the Subnautica Twitch channel, but if you can’t make it, the whole broadcast will be posted to the YouTube channel straight away. Unknown Worlds say Subnautica’s price will probably rise slightly after it leaves Early Access, so if you want to pick it up at the discounted price, head over to its Steam page.

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4 Months ago

Nobody cares about new biomes, because most fans of the game haven't played it for a year or two. They care about playing with their friends in multiplayer and have been waiting for that before going back to all the new stuff they've added since they last played it.

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4 Months ago

Multiplayer would add nothing to the story-driven game that has no difficulty in anything.

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apophis_dd Avatar
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3 Months ago

It would add fun to the game. The game becomes a bore when you realise the whole game is about farming resources with miniscule shreds of story throughout. If I wanted to play a story-driven game, I'd dive back into the myriad side quests of The Witcher 3.

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4 Months ago

Most fans know this game is pure Single player and don't miss multiplayer at all.

Why would they wait for a feature the dev said would never come?

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apophis_dd Avatar
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3 Months ago

Most fans mention the annoying lack of multiplayer all throughout the game's community pages. The devs have many times before said they intended to add multiplayer - don't tell me now the game's finished they've happened upon "perfection" that relies on it being solely singleplayer.

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WhiteCrow Avatar
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4 Months ago

Then go play a multiplayer game with your friends, and stop trying to shoehorn it into games that aren't made for it.

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3 Months ago

Play another multiplayer game with my friends? You mean base building, resource gatherers like Rust? Or Minecraft? Or ARK? Or any one of many, many games just like Subnautica, except that the devs bothered to actually make the game how people wanted it?

Adding multiplayer doesn't remove singleplayer. It will still be enjoyable for singleplayers with no friends. Why then finally decide to leave out something so many people wanted. Far more people than wanted to play it in VR! Those special 5% who can enjoy it in VR are more important than the majority who want to play it with their friends so that it isn't a monotonous drudgery searching for resources alone? They even have netcoding for FPS experience with Natural Selection.

Indie devs should be catering to their audience because that's how you get people to actually buy your game, and the day Subnautica gets multiplayer it'll sell like crazy.

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3 Months ago

"Play another multiplayer game with my friends? You mean base building, resource gatherers like Rust? Or Minecraft? Or ARK? Or any one of many, many games just like Subnautica, except that the devs bothered to actually make the game how people wanted it?"

Yes, exactly that. Any number of the countless games that are derivative of eachother. You can play any number of those for multiplayer.

They've made it clear from the beginning they want to spend their time and resources on a single player experience, instead of balance one mode over another, or attempt to do both.

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