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Subnautica: Below Zero leaving early access and launching in May

On Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, and PC.

Subnautica: Below Zero, the standalone expansion to Unknown Worlds' brilliant 2018 underwater survival adventure, will finally be getting its full version 1.0 release on 14th May.

Below Zero will have been in early access for nearly two and half years by the time May comes around (its predecessor, by way of contrast, was in early access development for slightly longer, at just over three years), and its full launch will see the game make the leap to Nintendo Switch, alongside Xbox, PlayStation, and PC.

If you've not been keeping up with developments, Subnautica: Below Zero takes place after the first game and challenges players, cast in a new role, to survive on a previously unseen part of ocean planet 4546B - through familiar systems of building, crafting, and exploration.

Subnautica: Below Zero's very spoiler-y launch date trailer.

This new location is considerably icier and chillier than Subnautica players will have encountered before, bringing its own unique biomes, creatures, and other surprises. There's a look at Below Zero's action in the trailer above, but be warned it's awash with spoilers.

Unknown Worlds has confirmed Subnautica: Below Zero's console editions will be available both digitally and physically when they launch alongside the PC version on 14th May.

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