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Subnautica's expansion Below Zero hits early access on PC

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Subnautica Below Zero

Unknown Worlds have released a first trailer for Subnautica's standalone expansion dubbed Below Zero. The new chapter in the survival-adventure saga is now live on early access on PC and it takes players to a colder region of planet 4546B.

The long-awaited standalone expansion for Unknown Worlds' critically acclaimed survival Subnautica has arrived through early access on PC. Dubbed, Below Zero, the new expansion switches warm climate for a colder one, albeit still on 4546B.

Subnautica Below Zero is set sometime after the events in the original game. In its early phase, the expansion will offer a small portion of planned features and challenge players to survive a disaster on an alien research station on Planet 4546B.

According to the description, Below Zero will expand Subnautica's universe with a deeper story. Players will have to discover the mysteries of the alien planet, as well as its creatures, while receiving questionable orders from their commanders.

The full storyline isn't available at the moment though, as Unknown Worlds look to release it bit by bit in every early access update.

The expansion features Subnautica's well-known crafting and construction mechanics while the food hunt is also back. Unlike the original, Below Zero will offer more exploring above the surface. Players will get to climb mountain peaks and explore icy caves in their search for supplies.

Of course, you can also dive into the cold waters, which is the home for some new monsters including the giant ice worm shown in the trailer. 

Unknown WorldsAir cushion vehicle amidst ice spires in Subnautica: Below ZeroSubnautica: Below Zero - hovercraft on ice concept art.

While the new setting looks interesting, Unknown Worlds made it clear that Subnautica Below Zero is full of bugs and runs very poorly.

Just like with any other early access title, the developers will look to optimise the performance and add more features in the future. They said that Below Zero will remain in early access for at least a year. 

As for the console release, the expansion is expected to hit Xbox One's Game Preview sometime in 2019. If all goes as planned, once completed Below Zero's 1.0 version will hit PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One simultaneously.

Subnautica Below Zero is currently available on both Steam and Epic Store for $19.99.