Subnautica: Below Zero is an open world, survival action-adventure video game developed and published by Unknown Worlds Entertainment. It is the sequel to Subnautica, which was released in January 2018.
You play as a researcher who is studying the local environment of a nearby alien facility, on planet 4546B. Like its predecessor, your goal is to explore the environments. Alongside surviving in an alien environment you must also complete objectives. These objectives will allow you to advance the game’s plot. You can collect resources, construct tools, build bases and submersibles, as well as interact with the planet’s wildlife.
The game primarily takes place underwater. However, unlike its predecessor, there will be significant land-based areas that you can explore in the north of the game’s world. There are more explorable structures to find both above ground and underwater. Structures which serve both as key locations for the story. Also these will be locations for blueprints that the you can find for crafting. There is a day-night cycle which affects visibility and dynamic weather which further affects visibility, such as wind, snow, fog, and hail. In addition, the game introduces new gadgets like the Flashlight Helmet, the Mineral Detector, and the Booster Tank.
Subnautica: Below Zero Early Access Trailer
Alongside returning mechanics such as health, hunger, and thirst, players now have a temperature gauge which activates when they are on land. Should you find yourself exposed to harsh weather, you will begin to develop hypothermia.[You can prevent this by finding shelter in caves or buildings. Or you can utilize plants or tools which can warm the player up. The other option is to craft appropriate survival gear. This will allow you to stay outside in harsh weather for longer periods of time.
There are four game difficulty modes:
- Survival — You must manage health, hunger, thirst, oxygen and temperature. Upon death, you will respawn, but certain items are lost from their inventory.
- Freedom Mode — Just like survival, but with hunger and thirst disabled.
- Hardcore Mode — Just like survival, but should you die, you will not be able to respawn. Your save file will also be permanently deleted.
- Creative Mode — Health, hunger, thirst, oxygen and temperature are disabled. All the crafting blueprints are acquired, and no resources are required to craft. Additionally, the submersibles, a Seaglide, a mobile vehicle bay, a knife, a flashlight, a habitat builder, a scanner and a propulsion cannon are provided. They do not need an energy source and cannot be damaged (unless the player damages them intentionally).
Subnautica: Below Zero will be released on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, and Nintendo Switch on May 14, 2021
Source: Subnautica Below Zero
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