Subnautica: Below Zero got a nice little content update called Stranger Pings, which adds whole lotta lore, starting with Alterra scientist profiles, artefact pings, creature makeovers, items and more.
Naturally, this is all in line with the new story and protagonist, Robin Ayou, who goes to Planet 4546B in order to find out what happened to her sister Sam. Her employer, Alterra, maintains she died in an accident, but Robin has other ideas.
"She was prepared to embark on a solitary, investigative journey. She was not prepared to have company. Let alone company she can’t seem to get out of her head..."
Alterra's scientists may be gone from 4546B, but the clues remain. Subnautica: Below Zero players will find that scanning nameplates in abandoned bases unlocks art and details of the work performed by the boffins.
The world of Subnautica: Below Zero will now feature much more environmental storytelling, ranging from signposts and unlockable encyclopedia entries to actual first-person interaction. Additionally, artefacts with the Precursor symbol will show on your HUD and the pings can be handled via the PDA.
Many creatures got makeovers as well. Following Rock Punchers will now be a proper National Geographic episode on animal behaviour, and you can benefit from sticking around and picking up the resources they leave in their wake.
"No coral is left unturned in this latest update. Across the planet, a dizzying array of detail work is now present. The beautiful Deep Lilypads leave one at a loss for words. The Crystal Caves Fissure is brimming with strange, new sights. The Iceberg Zone grows ever more impressive", Unknown Worlds wrote.
In addition to the new items like the Executive Toy and Aromatherapy Lamp, Subnautica: Below Zero team made improvements on terrain and grass fading for a smoother visual experience when gliding across 4546B.
Last but not least are accessibility improvements, which now have their own menu. The first of the options is object highlighting, which will make sure you never pass up a resource again.