Subnautica: Below Zero Early Access

Unknown Worlds announces Early Access is now underway as promised for Subnautica: Below Zero, the sequel to Subnautica, their waterlogged action game. They offer a new Early Access Trailer with a look, along with an odd sales pitch based on the game's shortcomings: "Below Zero is not finished - This frozen underwater adventure is a work in progress. As we did with Subnautica, we are building Below Zero out in the open. With your help, we will craft a worthy follow up to the original game. Below Zero is full of bugs, runs poorly, and includes only a small portion of our planned features. It's also a game we're excited about. If you join us, we think you might enjoy this journey through Early Access." For those who want to wait until they overcome all that, they suggest signing up for their Development Newsletter to keep up with its eventual full release. For the undaunted, here's more on the game:
Dive into a freezing underwater adventure on an alien planet. Set one year after the original Subnautica, Below Zero challenges you to survive a disaster at an alien research station on Planet 4546B. Craft tools, scavenge for supplies, and unravel the next chapter in the Subnautica story.

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Re: Endless Space 2 Announced
Jan 31, 2019, 21:05
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Jan 31, 2019, 21:05
 
They did that with the first one, and buying in early paid off.
I got it in Early Access, played it for a few hours, then put it away knowing I'd definitely come back to it at a later date and I did.

The first one is stellar, and I don't expect any less of this one
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Re: Endless Space 2 Announced
Jan 31, 2019, 21:55
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Re: Endless Space 2 Announced Jan 31, 2019, 21:55
Jan 31, 2019, 21:55
 
Ugh, I am so far behind on games. I need to finish Subnautica still, and the sequel is already out.
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Re: Subnautica: Below Zero Early Access
Jan 31, 2019, 22:29
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Jan 31, 2019, 22:29
 
I will be keeping an eye on this one. I am almost done the first one (I think).
"In questions about good and bad, we ought not to follow the opinion of the many, but the opinion of the one who has understanding."
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Re: Metro Exodus Epic Deal Sparks Backlash
Feb 1, 2019, 01:12
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Feb 1, 2019, 01:12
 
I loved the first one, and grabbing it early for cheap paid off. Time to buy and sit on this one 'til it's finished, too!
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Re: Subnautica: Below Zero Early Access
Feb 1, 2019, 01:43
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Feb 1, 2019, 01:43
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You should watch some first reactions to the Reaper Leviathan. People have severe and real fears of it.
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Re: Endless Space 2 Announced
Feb 1, 2019, 03:24
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MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jan 31, 2019, 21:55:
Ugh, I am so far behind on games. I need to finish Subnautica still, and the sequel is already out.

I think this might be a repeat of the last announce thread for this but hey, some games deserve it! Such a great game. It's like hearing a song in a musical genre you don't like that's so good you forget where it came from.

I hear Subnautica was good in early access, but I played it after release when it was fully cooked. There is a narrative and win condition to it that made it very fulfilling. I can see how it works without that (Like Kerbal and Factorio) but since it's not quite as mechanically deep as those games I'm not sure if it would have hit me the same way without it.

Plenty of time to get it done before this expansion hits!
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Feb 1, 2019, 04:35
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Feb 1, 2019, 04:35
 
Bitterbug wrote on Jan 31, 2019, 21:05:
buying in early paid off

I dunno, having no knowledge of the game and then them giving it away free before Christmas worked for me

P.S. Was putting the enzyme in the time capsule ok?
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Re: Endless Space 2 Announced
Feb 1, 2019, 05:03
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Feb 1, 2019, 05:03
 
subx wrote on Feb 1, 2019, 04:35:
Bitterbug wrote on Jan 31, 2019, 21:05:
buying in early paid off

I dunno, having no knowledge of the game and then them giving it away free before Christmas worked for me

P.S. Was putting the enzyme in the time capsule ok?

Sure it is, but there is lower chances depending on the value you put in, and this has the LOWEST of all chances to spawn
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Re: Endless Space 2 Announced
Feb 1, 2019, 07:49
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Re: Endless Space 2 Announced Feb 1, 2019, 07:49
Feb 1, 2019, 07:49
 
I played it a bit. It doesnt have much content yet and generally feels like a reskinned (with lower quality textures) Subnautica with bugs and performance issues that really shouldnt be there, since they have a working game its based on already.

The worst thing is that there is not much mystery in the story, and youre not really in imminent danger, since you could just leave the planet if you wanted and theres always other people to talk to. Too much predefined story. Destroys a lot of the feeling you had in the original.

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I have given up on waiting for BIS to come back to their senses and do a real ArmA 2 successor.
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Re: Game Reviews
Feb 1, 2019, 08:47
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Loved Subnautica, and I don't even like survival games. Great atmosphere, surprisingly fun story & mystery, fantastic exploration and locations. Not to mention tolerable amount of hunger/thirst management, which you could pretty much eliminate entirely with grow-beds mid to late game and focus on exploration and expansion rather than the tedium of staying alive. Good progression there.

Early Access for the expansion was insta-buy for me, but going to wait it's done or nearly so before digging in. It probably won't be able to replicate the wonder of the first for me (partially caused by me knowing literally nothing about it when I started playing) but Subnautica still managed to be one of those extremely rare games these days where I was still hungry for more by the time I finished it.
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