In Subnautica you’re a stranded survivor on an alien planet that is entirely ocean. Using your resources you have to repair your ship, find supplies, and generally just survive. All around you float beautiful and sometimes deadly creatures, and the deeper you explore the more beautiful and deadly they get. At times serene and peaceful, at other times tense and stress inducing, Subnautica is one of those games that vary greatly from person to person.
To celebrate the game’s official release (it’s been an early access game on Steam for years) we’re jumping into the oceans of Subnautica and trying our damndest not to end up as alien fish food.
What is Subnautica?
From the Subnautica Steam page:
You have crash-landed on alien ocean world, and the only way to go is down. Subnautica’s oceans range from sun drenched shallow coral reefs to treacherous deep-sea trenches, lava fields, and bio-luminescent underwater rivers. Manage your oxygen supply as you explore kelp forests, plateaus, reefs, and winding cave systems. The water teems with life: Some of it helpful, much of it harmful.
After crash landing in your Life Pod, the clock is ticking to find water, food, and to develop the equipment you need to explore. Collect resources from the ocean around you. Craft knives, lights, diving gear, and personal water craft. Venture deeper and further form to find rarer resources, allowing you to craft more advanced items.
Build bases on the sea floor. Choose layouts and components, and manage hull-integrity as depth and pressure increase. Use your base to store resources, park vehicles, and replenish oxygen supplies as you explore the vast ocean.
What happened to this planet? Signs abound that something is not right. What caused you to crash? What is infecting the sea life? Who built the mysterious structures scattered around the ocean? Can you find a way to make it off the planet alive?