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Subnautica: Below Zero getting new biomes, creatures and Kowalski

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Vent Forest creature and Spy Pengling robot from Subnautica: Below Zero
Subnautica: Below Zero, Vent Forest (left), Spy Pengling (right)

It's not Dreamworks' Kowalski, mind you, but rather Unknown World Entertainment's own contraption that happens to resemble the resourceful crewmember of Madagascar. Dubbed the Spy Pengling, it's like a land version of the Scanner Room.

Subnautica: Below Zero's new cyberspy comes from Alterra Corporation, of course. "Simply construct your new undercover agent using a fabricator and turn your biology dreams into reality. Just don't quit your day job", the dev said.

Basically, Spy Penguins do on land what Subnautica's Scanner Rooms, or more precisely their probes, do under the waves. They lack scanning capabilities but they come with a grappling arm and four storage slots instead. 

As for new living creatures, Subnautica: Below Zero is getting a majestic, class-leviathan creature called Vent Garden. It's absolutely huge but the dev describes it as a gentle giant, so no reason to worry.

They reside in Tree Spires, Subnautica: Below Zero's petrified forest biome, whose formations vent mass from deep inside 4546B's core.

The other creatures are Lilly Paddlers, which seem to have bits of Shuttlebug, Mesmer and even a dash of Hoverfish thrown in for good measure.

Lilly Paddlers reside in Lillypad Islands, a new biome that's being worked on, and although peaceful, they will defend themselves should you come too close for comfort.

"Approaching too closely will trigger their defense mechanism - Momentary hypnosis causing confusion and disorientation", the dev wrote, so yeah - mesmerising.

Last but not least is the Teleportation Module for your Seatruck, which will allow you for one way transport over distance. "Once constructed and attached, a Precursor Tether (built separately) may be taken to distant sites where it can be used to instantly teleport back to your Seatruck. Each use requires one Ion Cube", they said.

Unknown Worlds EntertainmentThe Docking Module addition to Subnautica: Below ZeroSubnautica: Below Zero, the Docking Module

Subnautica: Below Zero's developer is obviously building up towards the new narrative, and they warned players that temperatures are dropping hard and fast, which is likely to result in all sorts of other changes.

You can find the full patch notes on Subnautica: Below Zero website here.