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Subnautica Dives Into the Nintendo Switch

August 18, 2020 12:24 PM

By: Brian Renadette


Subnautica, the 2018 ocean survival game by Unknown Worlds Entertainment about exploring an alien planet almost entirely in oceans, is getting a port for the Nintendo Switch. This game will also be releasing alongside the frigid sequel Subnautica: Below Zero.

In Subnautica, players find themselves stranded on an alien world after crashlanding in a life pod, and they'll have to brave the world's endless oceans in order to survive. By crafting food, water, and equipment out of the planet's resources, players can survive on this world and hopefully get rescued. This alien world has plenty to offer, including mysterious alien ruins, bio-luminescent underwater rivers, and various forms of wildlife, some of which can be very aggressive. A press release for the port says it has been in the works for some time now, partially fueled by the overwhelming player feedback and partially out of a shared love for the Switch. The studio mentions that it tends to have a very open and public development style, so it's been hard to keep this big news under wraps.


If players are looking for an icier survival experience, Subnautica: Below Zero is also getting a port to the Switch. This sequel takes place one year after the first game, with players playing the role of a scientist tasked with studying alien artifacts in an arctic region of the planet. When disaster strikes the research station, players will have to improvise and survive in hopes of surviving and getting help. Subnautica: Below Zero released early on in January 2019 via Early Access and has recieved eleven major Early Access updates since its launch. Both of these ports will be handled with the help of Shiny Shoe and Unity Professional Services.

Subnautica and Subnautica: Below Zero will be available on Nintendo Switch in early 2021.


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Author: Brian Renadette | Former Staff Writer
I am a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a major in writing and a minor in gaming. I have a passion for video games and writing. I also enjoy volunteering at my local SPCA by walking… Read More
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Unknown Worlds Entertainment
Unknown Worlds Entertainment
Xbox One, PC
Release Date
January 23,2018
Survival, Open World
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