Underwater adventures are coming to Playstation, dear readers! Via an announcement on their website, developer Unknown Worlds revealed earlier last week that their stellar survival game, Subnautica is coming to Playstation 4 consoles in December.
Initially released this year on PC (after being in Steam Early Access for three years), the game garnered some critical acclaim. It has also been available on Xbox One since 2016, as part of Microsoft’s Game Preview program – with that version scheduled to get its 1.0 release around the same time that the game hits the Playstation. Unknown Worlds also worked alongside Gearbox Publishing and Panic Button to bring Subnautica home to Playstation users.
Subnautica rose to popularity after various popular YouTubers(including JackSepticEye and Markiplier) played the beta and then the full gameon their channels. Just about every streamer who played the game gave it high marks, prompting the millions who watch YouTube Let’s Plays to jump on Steam and download the game – with Steam’s statistics still showing an approximate 2200 users playing the game at any given time.
Still, if you haven’t yet experienced the beauty (and terror) of the deep in this single-player, first-person survival game, Subnautica is highly recommended. The game charges you with surviving a harsh ocean planet, following the crash (but was it just a crash?) of your spaceship during a routine scientific mission.
The game shines on multiple levels, but one of the standout features is the way it blends exploration and discovery with a cleverly-designed narrative. As with any narrative-driven game, there are certain location and events which will trigger storyline points (and this game has a GREAT story), one could still enjoy the game by traveling in just about any direction to discover other human wreckage, find new biomes, and even pick up some helpful tech on the way. When you feel like you’ve explored enough of the planet’s gorgeous seascape for the moment, you can return to progressing the story at any time.
The beautiful and seemingly serene environment in this game also hides some deep secrets. As you explore the deeper reaches of the planet-wide ocean, pristine blue waters devolve into near inky blackness, and the undersea creatures grow progressively bigger, more aggressive, and much more terrifying. With some creepy locations, giant (and toothy) creatures of the deep, and intriguing plot lines, Subnautica is a title that will keep you invested all the way through.
In a caveat on their announcement, the developer mentioned that they can “never be 100% sure” of the exact availability date, but they are shooting for December 4th for the digital-only release of Subnautica on PS4, followed by the availability of the physical copy on or around December 7th. Earlier this year, the developer also announced that they are developing a standalone expansion to the game; in the form of an arctic-style adventure entitled Subnautica: Below Zero.
Have you played Subnautica, dear readers? What was your opinion of this title? Will you be getting it on your PS4? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!