Fans of the alien ocean survival game Subnautica (myself included) eagerly and desperately await any news from Unknown Worlds Entertainment for any news of Subnautica 3. After all, it has been nearly 3 years since they released Subnautica: Below Zero on May 14, 2021. We want more diving into 4546B or even the alien ocean of a different world. Not the PC tabletop game we got in the form of Moonbreaker on February 2, 2024.

Thankfully, with Moonbreaker out of the way, it seems that UWE can finally focus on Subnautica 3 once more. Just not right at this moment. Not if their brand-new update about the game is anything to go by.

Subnautica 3 News: Details

Subnautica 3 final screenshot 2.
Already, this screenshot has me hyped.

Unknown Worlds Entertainment is finally giving us an official update about Subnautica 3. Apparently, this official update is in response to their publisher Krafton sharing some information online about the game. UWE wants to clarify that info before people get any mistaken ideas.

So what is UWE clarifying? Well, for starters: Subnautica 3 will not get an Early Access release this year in 2024. It seems the developers aren’t quite ready yet to release the game in anywhere near a playable state this year. We’ll just have to wait for next year in 2025 before that happens. On the other hand, UWE also mentions they plan to share more info about the game later this year. How much later is something they don’t clarify, but at least it’s something to look forward to in 2024.

Next: Krafton apparently referred to Subnautica 3 as a “Games-as-a-Service”. UWE want to clarify that they meant that they “simply plan to continually update the game for many years to come”. You know, just like they’ve been doing for the previous 2 games. They also clarify even more that this third Subnautica game will have neither season passes nor battle passes nor any kind of subscription. When you buy the game, you’re getting the game only.

Finally: UWE clarifies that Subnautica 3 will be primarily a single-player game. The focus will not be on any kind of multiplayer experience, so single-player fans like myself can breathe a sigh of relief. However, UWE also clarifies that they plan on introducing an optional co-op mode to the game. It’s very exciting news there because an optional co-op is the perfect compromise between single-player and multiplayer. Thus, fans of either game mode can enjoy the game however they want.

Tune back into THS to find out more about Subnautica 3 and other Subnautica news when we do.