Subnautica

A few days ago, undersea survival game Subnautica received a humdinger of an update that added a new Silent Running mode to your aquatic exploration pod. This plays into one of the update's other big features: dangerous creatures that are newly interested in your previously safe Cyclops vessel. You'll need to enable Silent Running mode to deal with them, which turns off all exterior lights, replaces interior ones with an eerie red glow, and slows your pod the heck down, so you can sneak past those aggressive undersea monsters.

Other new features include a revamped Cyclops UI, a terrain-scanning sonar update, creature-detection on the HUD, and the ability to launch creature-distracting decoys. If the Cyclops vessel has been a harbour of refuge for you from the scary deep, you might be a little concerned to hear that it's just been made more fragile—it can even end up wrecked if it takes too much damage.

"Not only do creatures take an interest in your machine," the extensive update post explains, "but once damaged, the Cyclops can become wrecked. Take precautions necessary to mitigate emergencies onboard your ship. Luckily, Fire Extinguishers now have fancy wall holsters to aid in your firefighting. Use the Holographic Status display to monitor for damage and fires. Once the Cyclops reaches hull strength of zero, it will become wrecked. It can be salvaged for materials used in building add-ons later, but the machine itself can no longer be repaired or deconstructed".

You can read the full details of the update here.

Subnautica - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Philippa Warr)

Subnautica

Ooooh! A Subnautica [official site] update! This one is called Silent Running and yet the trailer is VERY LOUD. I think the silent bit only applies to the Cyclops (a big underwater craft) which you can now run silently if you want to sneak around. Sneaking is now important because of the underwater jerks trying to munch on your Cyclops. That sounded wrong. Let’s move on and watch the video: … [visit site to read more]

Subnautica - Hugh


A huge Cyclops Submarine overhaul has arrived: The Silent Running Update. Visit the dedicated Update Site to see it in action.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuFoil12HzI



Red Alert: Fire detected!

Look out: Aggressive creatures can now damage the Cyclops. They will tear holes in the hull, and if enough damage accumulates, fires will start. Extinguish the fires quickly, or risk losing the boat!



Rig for Silent Running

The Cyclops now has multiple operating modes: Ahead Slow, Ahead Standard, Ahead Flank, and Silent Running. Each represents a different tradeoff between speed travelled and output of light and noise. The noisier and brighter your Cyclops runs, the more likely it is to be attacked by aggressive creatures.



Sonar Contact

Two new sonar modules are available for the Cyclops. First: A Terrain Scanning active sonar that reveals the contours of the sea-bed ahead. Second: A Threat detecting passive sonar that displays the location of hostile creatures around the submarine.



Raise Shields

You are not helpless in the face of creature aggression. Raise shields to temporarily deflect incoming attacks. Deploy decoys to distract aggressive creatures while you pass. And activate the Fire Suppression System to extinguish fires that burn beyond control.



Abandon Ship

A fatally damaged Cyclops will experience hull failure - Killing anyone caught inside. Get off the boat while you still can! Once the wreck settles on the ocean floor, you can swim inside to salvage upgrade modules and equipment.



There's lots more to the Silent Running update. Check out the Silent Running update website to see more!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/264710/Subnautica/
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If you’ve spoken to me for more than five minutes, chances are I’ve mentioned Subnautica [official site]. It’s an open world survival game set largely underwater on an alien planet. You explore biomes, collect resources and, as updates to the early access project add more content, start to piece together the story of the planet. I played huge amounts of the game before more significant story elements were added and my big project was my volcano lair’s garden. I collected all the weird and wonderful plants I could and cultivated them in little plant beds outside my underwater home. That’s why, when I had a chance to speak with art director Cory Strader, I immediately wanted to talk about the game’s flora.

Read on to find out how The Abyss, microscopy and a real fish with a transparent head and a visible brain all played their part! P.S. You can click on images to see larger version of the concept artwork or, if they’re game screenshots, to just see them in isolation. … [visit site to read more]

Subnautica - Hugh


The Infected Update has arrived! See it in action on the Infected Update site.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oevfKz3u9KA

The Infection

Some creatures are displaying symptoms of an infections disease. What is it? And could you contract it yourself?



Research Facility

Something terrifying was being done here. And something went horribly wrong.



Containment Facility Exterior

A giant structure has appeared deep beneath the ocean floor. For now, we're just teasing: You can only explore the exterior, and will have to wait for a future update to see inside...



New Biome: Crag Field

Where there was previously empty seabed, the Crag Field has arisen. Explore this new environment, but watch out for Bone Sharks!



The Lab Cache

Deep within the Lost River biome, an enormous skull shows signs of being studied by... Something. Nearby, you might just find some useful resources.



PDA Drag'n'Drop

The PDA now supports drag-and-drop for quick slot item assignment.



Improved Map Scanner Room

The map scanner room now features a much great scan radius, scans faster, and is easier to move around in.



Get Development Updates

Be notified the moment we release the next Subnautica Update, by subscribing to the Subnautica Development Newsletter] and following @Subnautica on Twitter.

Enjoy!

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Fraser Brown)

Subnautica [official site] seems like a nautical holiday wrapped inside a survival game. Swim around a gentle ocean and meet lots of colourful fish, chill out in an underwater forest, sunbathe on top of a little escape pod it all sounds very relaxing. Don t be fooled. Subnautica is, in fact, absolutely terrifying.

I can t quite remember when I realised that the sea was actually a vast world of horrors. Whenever it was, this realisation was undoubtedly confirmed when I was snorkeling off the coast of Australia in my early teens. I broke the surface of the water to be greeted by blood. So much blood. Not mine, thankfully. It belonged to a man who had bumped into some coral, which proceeded to rip open his leg.

Coral! Nobody expects this of all things to tear chunks out of them, but that s what you get when you decide to visit the utterly alien sea. In Subnautica, this is even more pronounced because it s a literal alien sea, an entirely new world, that you re exploring. You re not meant to be there and you re definitely not welcome.

… [visit site to read more]

Community Announcements - Hugh


A new Subnautica Early Access Update has been released! Prepare to dodge Lava...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qRYTWxRdsw

Lava Castle Precursor Base

A secret lies hidden deep within the bowels of the Lava Castle: A Precursor Base. Great peril awaits any diver attempting to explore this mysterious structure. A Sea Dragon Leviathen guards the entrance, Stalkers prowl the narrow lava passageways, while immense heat and pressure threaten near certain death.



If you can make it inside, treasures and secrets await.

Ion Power

The ocean is vast, and often inhospitable. Your survival depends on maintaining a steady supply of power to your equipment and vehicles.



New "Ion" batteries and power cells are much longer lasting than existing power sources. Their extended run times allow you to conduct more exploration work between charges.

Coffee Machines

Occasionally we add a feature to Subnautica that really matters. A feature of great consequence. The coffee machine is one of those features.



Find the coffee machine amongst the wreckage of the Aurora, place it in your base, and bask in the glory of having achieved greatness.

Gravsphere

The Gravsphere pulls in everything around it. Deploy a Gravsphere to draw in predators, prey and loot.



We've been experimenting with prototypes of the Gravsphere for some time. The Castle's and Coffee Update brings the Graveshere's proper model and animations.

Luggage Bags

The luggage bag acts as portable storage. Pick it up, put it down, and store items in it.



Like the coffee machine, the luggage bag may be found in the wreckage of the Aurora.

Working Trash Cans

Alright, stick with us for a moment. This is important. Trash cans actually work.



Say goodbye to inventory clutter: Trash cans mean you can throw stuff away. It's not exactly environmentally friendly, and we don't know where the stuff goes, but this is the future so don't worry too much about it.

Air Bladder

The Air Bladder now has a proper model and animations. Use the Air Bladder to rapidly ascend to the surface. Useful in sticky situations where you need to get to get up from the depths, fast!



Skip Time

You can now advance time by sleeping.



Find the night time too spooky? Hit the hay when the sun sets and you will wake up to the sun shining through your sea-base windows.

Other Little Things

  • Halved Seaglide light energy cost
  • Quartered Seaglide active energy cost
  • Removed frame-rate dependence problem with Seaglide energy usage
  • Removed Kyanite from Blood Kelp (only drillable now)
  • Added Kynanite to recipe for 3rd stage of the rocket (resource sink)

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Precursor update

I was wondering which games might make the “Things To Play Over The Christmas Break” list this year when the Subnautica [official site] Precursor update got released. I went through a really big Subnautica love affair earlier in the year, but decided to step away for a few patches as the game is still in early access and I didn’t want to lose the magic by mining out each update in turn. Then Precursor arrived and is tempting me back not only with alien tech and more in the way of narrative but NEW CAVES! … [visit site to read more]

Dec 15, 2016
Community Announcements - BubblegumAnarchy


The Mysteries of Subnautica Grow Deeper

The Precursor Update has been released! This latest update is chock full of new secrets to unravel. Previously, you may have noticed strange, high-tech cubes - or bases - placed throughout the world. Now, these unusual objects come to life as someone (or something) flips the switch. Dive deep into the story of Subnautica and discover more answers and more questions:

https://youtu.be/MKpr1zdFYk4

Precursor Base & Array

Rising out of the ocean is the massive Precursor Array & Base. There is a lot to explore both within the new base and nearby. Be sure to bring a flashlight.



Cave Network

The area behind the Precursor Base is teeming with hidden gems and secret passageways. Ancient technology sits within these caves waiting to be awakened by you.



Ancient Artifacts

Scattered throughout the world are new Precursor story elements and clues.



Biome Additions

The Lost River and Floating Island Biomes have received a thorough level-polish.



Fall Damage

Be careful walking along cliffs, the world now has fall damage.



Vehicle PDA

It's now possible to use the PDA while driving vehicles, a highly requested addition.



Find Out More

Learn more about the Precursor Update on the update feature site. We send out a newsletter every time Subnautica Early Access is updated. If you would like to receive it, sign up to the Subnautica Development Mailing List.

Happy diving,

- The Subnautica dev team

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