Unknown Worlds Entertainment has clarified a number of points about the next instalment in the Subnautica series, after publisher Krafton seemingly confirmed in an earnings report that it would be following a games-as-a-service model.
The new Subnautic was described as a 1-4 co-op project with a “games-as-a-service” mode, and was labelled as one of the titles planned for release in 2024 from Krafton. This obviously didn’t sit well with fans of the franchise, who have come to appreciate its focus as a single-player property. Fortunately, Unknown Worlds has since clarified there won’t be any live service shenanigans.
Here’s the full statement:
Early Access is not intended for release in 2024, but we plan to share a lot more information later this year! In reference to ‘games-as-a-service,’ we simply plan to continually update the game for many years to come, just like the previous two Subnautica games.
Think our Early Access update model, expanded. No season passes. No battle passes. No subscription. The game is not multiplayer-focused. Co-op will be an entirely optional way to play the game. You’ll be able to enjoy the game as a single-player.
As always, we are so proud and incredibly grateful to have such a passionate and engaged community, who love the Subnautica games deeply. Thanks for keeping an eye out for any news about our progress on the next game. We’re so excited to show you what we’ve been working on and hope that you love it as much as we do.
Unknown Worlds confirmed development of a new Subnautica game back in 2022, and in December last year said that it wasn’t quite ready to share more info on the game. However, as with the above statement, it confirmed plans to share news on the Early Access period at some point this year.
[Source – GamesRadar]