Subnautica 2 fans can rest easy as Krafton and Unknown Worlds clarify the controversial ‘games as service’ announcement about the game.
Game publisher Krafton has revealed that Subnautica 2 will feature multiplayer and has clarified a controversial “games as service” statement. Previously believed to be titled Subnautica 3, Subnautica 2 is expected to join its predecessors in the line-up of popular underwater exploration games.
Released in 2018, Subnautica takes players to an alien planet where they must fight to stay alive while discovering the secrets of an aquatic world. Subnautica 2 will see fans visiting a brand-new mysterious planet, either solo or with friends, with an entirely new gameplay model.
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First reported by IGN, Korean video game publisher Krafton’s latest financial report states that Subnautica 2 will feature co-op gameplay and will follow a “game-as-a-service model.” Both the original Subnautica video game and its follow-up release Subnautica: Below Zero are single-player experiences, though the Subnautica community has created a number of mods that allow multiplayer. Subnautica 2 will be the first in the series to officially feature up to 4-player co-op. Following backlash to the “games-as-service model” claim, it was clarified that it means it will “continually update the game for many years to come,” similar to how the previous games were handheld. There will be no seasons passes, battle passes, or subscriptions.
While co-op gaming remains incredibly popular, making the leap from single-player to multiplayer often faces mixed results. Fans of solo video game experiences may feel left behind, while co-op lovers may be weary of jumping into an existing franchise. When done right, though, longtime fans can enjoy new gameplay experiences and broader audiences can be introduced to beloved stories. As players await further details on the live-service multiplayer format of Subnautica 2, fans continue to enjoy the existing releases in the franchise.
Subnautica is a unique underwater survival release where players will have to explore the depths of a vast ocean, building bases, collecting materials, and researching wildlife along the way.
- January 23, 2018
- Gearbox Publishing
- Survival Horror