Descend into the depths of an alien underwater world filled with wonder and peril. Craft equipment, pilot submarines and out-smart wildlife to explore lush coral reefs, volcanoes, cave systems, and more - All while trying to survive.
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Release Date: Dec 16, 2014

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Some games are built inside boxes. No one can see inside the box, they can't enjoy the game while it is being built, and its strength depends completely on the skill of the people inside the box. Other games are made out in the open in full view, with countless people contributing to them in innumerable ways. They can be enjoyed while they are pieced together. At Unknown Worlds, we like making games in the open. It's more fun that way, and we think it makes better games.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Subnautica will most probably be in Early Access for a significant portion, or most of 2015, 2016, and 2017. There a reasonable chance that it will be longer, or shorter. Members of the Subnautica team have differing ideas about how what exactly will be done before Early Access finishes, and the scope of work to be done (and therefore time needed) will be heavily influenced by your feedback during the Early Access process.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Early Access is a nucleus around which a better, bigger, and more fun game can form. Lots of the core elements of Subnautica gameplay are already in place. Over time the world will grow larger, deeper and more striking, creatures more diverse and intelligent, loot, crafting and vehicle construction more comprehensive, the story more fleshed out, and ecosystems richer and more vibrant . Large submarines, new unique life forms, and fantastic environments are all in production and will be introduced to Subnautica Early Access in updates.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Subnautica is absolutely playable and relatively stable right now. There are at least several hours of adventure content available for play right now, including many major story elements. A wide variety of items and vehicles may be crafted, and a diverse array of biomes explored.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Subnautica's price might go up, down, or stay the same during and after Early Access. It is most likely that we will raise the price slightly upon release.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Open development is everything to Unknown Worlds. Here's how you can get involved in, influence, and be a part of Subnautica's development:

Production Tracking


Subnautica's production is tracked using a public Trello board, access it by clicking here. You can see and vote on tasks in real time.

Feedback System


Want to tell the development team something? Just fit F8 in game. You can give feedback in different categories, send screenshots, and more. It gets better: All feedback data are publicly available - View and download them by clicking here.

Changes & Checkins


See exactly what has been changed in and added to Subnautica, in real time, and for all history. Every checkin made by any member of the development team is available to view and download. Click here to see.

Experimental Branch


Subnautica gets an update, on average, every 5-8 weeks. If you want to get more involved in development, you can receive an unstable 'Experimental' branch multiple times per day. This is raw stuff: Experimental comes straight from out 'source repository' and receives no testing. Click here to find out how to access it.

Accessible Developers


There are a bunch of ways to tell the Subnautica development team what you think. Live chat rooms, public voice-chat play tests, twitter, forums, in-game feedback systems and more. All the ways to talk to the team are described in a handy Steam Guide.
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Recent updates View all (54)

March 2

Infected Update



The Infected Update has arrived! See it in action on the Infected Update site.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oevfKz3u9KA

The Infection

Some creatures are displaying symptoms of an infections disease. What is it? And could you contract it yourself?



Research Facility

Something terrifying was being done here. And something went horribly wrong.



Containment Facility Exterior

A giant structure has appeared deep beneath the ocean floor. For now, we're just teasing: You can only explore the exterior, and will have to wait for a future update to see inside...



New Biome: Crag Field

Where there was previously empty seabed, the Crag Field has arisen. Explore this new environment, but watch out for Bone Sharks!



The Lab Cache

Deep within the Lost River biome, an enormous skull shows signs of being studied by... Something. Nearby, you might just find some useful resources.



PDA Drag'n'Drop

The PDA now supports drag-and-drop for quick slot item assignment.



Improved Map Scanner Room

The map scanner room now features a much great scan radius, scans faster, and is easier to move around in.



Get Development Updates

Be notified the moment we release the next Subnautica Update, by subscribing to the Subnautica Development Newsletter] and following @Subnautica on Twitter.

Enjoy!

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http://store.steampowered.com/app/264710/

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January 26

Castles & Coffee Update



A new Subnautica Early Access Update has been released! Prepare to dodge Lava...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qRYTWxRdsw

Lava Castle Precursor Base

A secret lies hidden deep within the bowels of the Lava Castle: A Precursor Base. Great peril awaits any diver attempting to explore this mysterious structure. A Sea Dragon Leviathen guards the entrance, Stalkers prowl the narrow lava passageways, while immense heat and pressure threaten near certain death.



If you can make it inside, treasures and secrets await.

Ion Power

The ocean is vast, and often inhospitable. Your survival depends on maintaining a steady supply of power to your equipment and vehicles.



New "Ion" batteries and power cells are much longer lasting than existing power sources. Their extended run times allow you to conduct more exploration work between charges.

Coffee Machines

Occasionally we add a feature to Subnautica that really matters. A feature of great consequence. The coffee machine is one of those features.



Find the coffee machine amongst the wreckage of the Aurora, place it in your base, and bask in the glory of having achieved greatness.

Gravsphere

The Gravsphere pulls in everything around it. Deploy a Gravsphere to draw in predators, prey and loot.



We've been experimenting with prototypes of the Gravsphere for some time. The Castle's and Coffee Update brings the Graveshere's proper model and animations.

Luggage Bags

The luggage bag acts as portable storage. Pick it up, put it down, and store items in it.



Like the coffee machine, the luggage bag may be found in the wreckage of the Aurora.

Working Trash Cans

Alright, stick with us for a moment. This is important. Trash cans actually work.



Say goodbye to inventory clutter: Trash cans mean you can throw stuff away. It's not exactly environmentally friendly, and we don't know where the stuff goes, but this is the future so don't worry too much about it.

Air Bladder

The Air Bladder now has a proper model and animations. Use the Air Bladder to rapidly ascend to the surface. Useful in sticky situations where you need to get to get up from the depths, fast!



Skip Time

You can now advance time by sleeping.



Find the night time too spooky? Hit the hay when the sun sets and you will wake up to the sun shining through your sea-base windows.

Other Little Things

  • Halved Seaglide light energy cost
  • Quartered Seaglide active energy cost
  • Removed frame-rate dependence problem with Seaglide energy usage
  • Removed Kyanite from Blood Kelp (only drillable now)
  • Added Kynanite to recipe for 3rd stage of the rocket (resource sink)

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About This Game

Subnautica is an open world, underwater exploration and adventure game currently under construction at Unknown Worlds. The game is in advanced stage of Early Access development, with substantial content available for play. Performance/frame-rates, stability, and polish are not yet up to the standards of a finished game.

Dive Into a Vast Underwater World




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.

Scavenge, Craft, and Survive




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.

Construct Underwater Habitats




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.

Unravel the Mystery




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?

Disrupt the Food Chain




The ocean teems with life: Use the ecosystem to help you. Lure and distract a threatening creature with a fresh fish, or simply swim as fast as you can to avoid gnashing jaws of roaming predators.

Handle the Pressure




Build a Pressure Re-Active Waterproof Nanosuit, or PRAWN Suit, and explore extreme depth and heat. Modify the suit with mining drills, torpedo launchers, propulsion cannons, grappling hooks and more.

Fear the Night




As the sun goes down, the predators come out. The ocean is unforgiving of those caught unprepared in the darkness. Areas that are safe to explore during the day become treacherous at night, but also reveal a beauty that those who hide from the darkness will never see.

Dive Below the Ocean Floor




Cave systems wind below the sea bed, from dark claustrophobic passages to caverns lit by bio-luminescent life and burning-hot lava flows. Explore the world below the ocean floor, but watch your oxygen levels, and take care to avoid the threats lurking in the darkness.

Open Development




Get weekly or daily updates, see what the development team is working on, view real time change logs, and give feedback from inside the game. Subnautica Early Access development is open, and the development team wants to hear from you.

About the Development Team




Subnautica is being created by Unknown Worlds, a small studio founded by Charlie Cleveland and Max McGuire that traces its roots back to the 2003 Half-Life mod Natural Selection. The team is scattered around the globe, from the United States to the United Kingdom, France, the Czech Republic, Russia, Thailand, Australia, and many more places. There is a central office in San Francisco, California that serves as home base for the whole team.


System Requirements

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Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista SP2 or newer, 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Haswell 2 cores / 4 threads @ 2.5Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4600 or equivalent - This includes most GPUs scoring greater than 950pts in the 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Subnautica is an Early Access game, and minimum specifications may change during development
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista SP2 or newer, 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Haswell 4 cores / 4 threads @ 3.2Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 550 ti or equivalent
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Subnautica is an Early Access game, and recommended specifications may change during development.
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.9 Mavericks
    • Processor: Intel Haswell 2 cores / 4 threads @ 2.5Ghz or equivalent
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4600 or equivalent
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Subnautica is an Early Access game, and minimum specifications may change during development
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.9 Mavericks
    • Processor: Intel Haswell 4 cores / 4 threads @ 3.2Ghz or equivalent
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 550 ti
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Subnautica is an Early Access game, and recommended specifications may change during development.
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