So if you have a deep-seated fear of the ocean (like me) then you’ve probably heard of, and actively avoided, Subnautica. The game released in early access back in 2014 for PC and then added support for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive in 2016 to many people’s delight. And some people’s utter horror.
Initially, and in many ways still, the VR support has a few shortcomings, with no controller support and poorly implemented UI. Even so, people still absolutely seem to love it. Still, hopefully, the developers will start working on updates that make the VR experience even better now that they’ve fully released the open world underwater adventure game.
Indeed, after 4 years in Early Access, Unknown Worlds Entertainment has decided that Subnautica is ready for a full release. If you’re unfamiliar with the game, Subnautica lets you explore the eerie depths of an alien sea where you’ll have to scavenge, craft, build underwater structures, and farm to stay alive. Equipped with a submarine and various other tools, you’ll get to swim around in the open ocean, exploring coral reefs, underground lava runs, caves, and abandoned underwater structures. Which you’ll have to scavenge through for ingredients, blueprints, tools, and parts respectively. But you’re not alone in Subnautica, of course. No, the developers decided to add all manner of wonderful creatures to accompany on your merry little jaunt under the sea.
Besides the fact that Subnautica makes use of an, as of yet, mostly unused theme for the open-world survival genre, these creatures are probably what attract players the most. They range from docile, colorful little fish to colossal monstrosities that can, and will kill you in horrific ways. Just have a look at the multitude of videos out there showcasing players almost wetting themselves as they get ambushed or chased by these creatures. Especially when they’re playing in VR.
Just Keep Swimming… Or Die.
So if you’re looking for a unique open-world experience for VR then you’ve certainly found it. Though if you have even the smallest inkling of a phobia when it comes to deep underwater trenches then you’ve been warned. That being said, right now you’d be hard-pressed to find a similar game for VR where you can spend hundreds of hours in an open-world setting. Just keep in mind that, as I’ve mentioned earlier, the VR support in Subnautica does have its drawbacks but hopefully that will change in the near future.
You can get Subnautica on Steam now for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or normal flatscreen play if you’re not feeling up to it for $22.49 as it has a launch discount of 10% off until 30 January. After that, you can get the game for the normal price of $24.99. The game is also available on Xbox.
If you’re looking for more scary experiences under the sea then make sure to check out Narcosis.
Check out the trailer below:
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