Subnautica: Below Zero Story Changes Imminent

Last month, Unknown Worlds unveiled the new Lost Ship update for Subnautica: Below Zero with added detail to the crashed ship, along with a new creature and weather effect. But the next update is looking to be one of the biggest yet with a brand new story coming into play.

Subnautica: Below Zero Story Changes Imminent

Back in November 2019, Unknown Worlds revealed that after coming to a standstill on the narrative and gaining a new writer, the team was going to rework Subnautica: Below Zero and implement some changes to the story. In the Lost Ship update, it was detailed that the new story would come into play with the next update, but those playing in the experimental mode can now test out the new beginning.

I won’t spoil too much, but the changes to the introduction are significantly different to the initial release. If the PDA entries are anything to go by, the story is going to follow a completely different tangent. Most of the original story triggers are still in place, like Marguerit Maida’s appearance and building Al-an’s vessel. Whether they will remain or not is yet to be seen.

The story changes to Subnautica: Below Zero are expected to take place in the next update.

The story changes to Subnautica: Below Zero are expected to take place in the next update.

Once the new update goes live, all old saves will be unplayable. For now, Steam players can continue playing the original story with the option to switch to the experimental build. For non-Steam players, the game will play as usual until the next update when old saves will become redundant.


As well as the major changes to the story, the developers are also working on improving the overall gameplay experience. This will include fine-tuning the underwater aspects and improving the surface gameplay. Subnautica: Below Zero primarily takes place underwater, but the developers have expressed that they could do better with the out of water play, and are going to take some time to make sure it’s up to standard.

Subnautica: Below Zero Early Access Trailer

Subnautica: Below Zero is available in Early Access on PC (Steam and Epic Store). Unknown Worlds do plan to ship Subnautica: Below Zero to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.


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    Subnautica is amazing…what a game. Although they should probably point you in certain directions to keep the story moving. There is no way to find certain parts in this game without a guide, unless you were to search every nook and cranny. A lot can be found that way, but consider Arctic spires. You think players will just know where to find it, or what to look for when they get there? I got fed up of navigating endlessly in Glacial Basin just to find the hidden stuff there. Had to resort to online guides after 70% of the game had been done.

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      Hello there! Thank you for your comment.
      I agree that the developers should probably implement something to help guide players a little better. It may be an exploration game at its core, but since they have included quite a heavy story element, a better guiding system would help a lot. Some of the places, like the Arctic Spires, are really difficult to find. I only found it on my first play through by chance after running around for a bit (needless to say, after encountering the Ice Worm I quite quickly wanted to get out of there). It also took me quite a while to find Marguerit’s base. There are so many incredible things to find in this game, but navigating the story in the right order is difficult without a proper guiding system in place. Perhaps this is something that the developers are looking into and will add into a future update?


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