Everything We Know About Subnautica Below Zero ahead of launch

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Subnautica Below Zero is the sequel no one thought they needed, but now we can't wait to play. It's set about a year after the events of Subnautica, yet it also aims to tell the story of what 4546B was like before the Aurora crashed.

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The latest State of Play presentation from PlayStation gave us a better look at Subnautica Below Zero and now we're just a couple of days away from the game's release on both PS4 and PS5.


LATEST - Check Out The Latest Trailer

If you like Subnautica, you're going to want to check out the brand new Subnautica Below Zero trailer.

We don't really know exactly what's going to happen, but we get a fantastic look at all the new dangerous beasts that you're going to need to avoid in Subnautica Below Zero.

Brave the cold. Survive what's frozen.

What Was Shown At State of Play?

The most recent State of Play went into detail about the new title coming to PS4 and PS5.


PlayStation tweeted out the section from State of Play that focuses specifically on Subnautica Below Zero, as shown below.

Release Date

Subnautica Below Zero is set to release on May 14, 2021, as mentioned last night on the State of Play event.

The game will feature 4k graphics and 60 fps while in performance mode. It will also be available for free if you own the original Subnautica on PS4.


Subnautica Below Zero is a survival action/adventure game that is set in a futuristic open-world environment.


The game is played in the first-person perspective of a researcher studying life on an alien planet. Just like the previous game, the objective is to research and discover more about the alien planet while fighting to survive.

Players will have optional difficulty modes when starting the games, so you can enjoy it whether you're just a casual player or hardcore survivor.

There are four difficulty settings:

  • Survival - This is the standard game mode. Players must manage health, thirst, oxygen and temperature. You respawn after death but lose certain items.
  • Freedom mode - This is the slightly easier option, exactly the same as survival but with hunger and thirst disabled.
  • Hardcore mode - This is the game's hardest difficulty. It's just like survival, except once the player dies there is no respawn and their save file is permanently deleted.
  • Creative mode - Survival meters such as health, hunger, thirst and oxygen are all disabled. All crafting blueprints are automatically acquired and no materials are required when crafting.