Early Access FAQ

Early Access FAQ

Why Early Access?

We make our best games when you are involved from the start. The earlier you play, the faster we hear what you want. You can see our plans, our progress, our successes and our failures. This is how we built the original Subnautica. By involving you in the development process, and iterating openly on your feedback, we build better games.

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

We can't accurately predict how long Early Access will take. We expect at least approximately one year, and potentially more.

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

Throughout Early Access, we will release a sequence of updates that add new content to the game. Initially, you will only be able to play in the starting zone and surrounding Biomes. Future updates will add new vehicles (like the Hover Bike), new biomes, and new story areas. Bugs will be steadily reduced and performance steadily increased.

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

Below Zero offers 1-2 hours of story play time. Starting environments are richly detailed, voice acting is present, and bugs are frequent but often not gamebreaking. Performance (frame rates) is poor relative to what we want in the finished game.

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

The price of Subnautica Below Zero will increase by 25% when we release the finished version.

How will the community be involved in the development process?

You can follow our progress on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and the Subnautica Blog. Receive notification of major update release by signing up to the Subnautica Development newsletter. You can see real-time changes to our source code by following @SubnauticaSCM on Twitter, and give us feedback using the in-game feedback system. The whole development team is available to chat on Twitter, in Discord, and on our forums.