Exploring the oceans of Subnautica can grant one a sense that diving into the oceans of the real world can be a harrowing, dangerous and deadly experience. That said, the wildlife within those oceans is still worth protecting and so a special Subnautica sale is being offered to benefit charitable conservation efforts.
From now until Monday, June 11th at 10am PST, Subnautica is marked down to 20% off on Steam and 15% of the net developer profits will be handed over to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) charity, which works to end whaling and captivity, increase the protected living space for dolphins and whales, and champion for dolphin and whale rights.
“It’s really exciting for us to be able to work with WDC on the Oceans Day promotion and to be able to use Subnautica to help make a difference,” said Strategic Partnerships head Whitney Henderson of Perfect World Entertainment. “It’s wonderful to have the chance to increase awareness of the important work that WDC does to help keep our seas healthy and to give players the chance to donate to such a great cause.”
Abbie Cheesman of the WDC, who remarked that Subnautica is a popular title among supporters of the charity, continued: “We are so grateful for their generous support of our vital work to help protect our oceans and the amazing marine wildlife that call them home at such a critical time for many whale and dolphin species.”
Awe, good on you, PWE! We definitely hope that this fundraising drive offers up a nice chunk of change to the folks of the WDC charity so that further good work can be done to help protect marine life. And hey, you’re getting a really good survival sandbox at a discount. Win-win!
There. With that headline, I’ve made my required crappy diving pun for the Subnautica release as demanded by the Unwritten Law of Games Writing. Bad jokes aside, the underwater-centric survival sandbox title has indeed made its way to full release on both Steam and Perfect World’s Arc platform.
Touting a total of 1.4 million players trying out the game since its first prototype in 2014, Unknown Worlds Entertainment’s open world title has grown as a result of “positive and constructive feedback” according to game director Charlie Cleveland. “We are proud to deliver an experience that gamers of all ages will dive into and immediately feel the thrill of exploration and survival in an expansive undersea world,” said Cleveland in a statement.
Subnautica has players crash landing on a watery alien world with only a small life pod and meager tools. Players must craft food, water and other supplies to survive, and can later explore the alien world to find new blueprints to create advanced equipment including underwater bases.
The game can be enjoyed in one of three modes: a standard Survival mode; a Hardcore mode where oxygen alerts are removed and you have only one life; and Creative mode where players can explore and build without worrying about health and resource costs.
Subnautica is out now on PC at a cost of $24.99, with a release on Xbox One nearing release at a later date. More details are available on the game’s website and a trailer can be seen below.
So on the one hand, Subnautica doesn’t appear to have much different on its surface than other survival sandbox games do. On the other hand, the fact that it’s a fully released game is pretty nice in the world of early access. There’s also something to be said for the game’s setting and the unique challenges it provides players. We hope subgenre fans find a lot to love about this one.