Subnautica has been in development for years now, and many Xbox One owners were frustrated by the fact that it was still a broken experience on Xbox Game Preview. Recently, the developer partnered with Panic Button Games to speed up development of the console port. You might recognize Panic Button from the recent Nintendo Switch versions of Doom and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.
It didn't seem like the developers were confident that the game would launch on December 4, 2018, but luckily it did. You can download the final version of Subnautica on Xbox One right now for $29.99. Better yet, it also features Xbox One X enhancements. It doesn't appear to be running at 4K resolution, but the experience is definitely better than what you get with base hardware.
According to the developers, Subnautica is an underwater survival game. You have crash land on an alien ocean world, and the only way to go is down. Subnautica's oceans range from sun-drenched shallow coral reefs to treacherous deep-sea trenches, lava fields, and bioluminescent underwater rivers. You must manage your oxygen supply as you explore kelp forests, plateaus, reefs, and winding cave systems.
Hopefully the developers will keep on improving the game and adding new features. In order for survival titles to keep bringing players back, they need to provide a steady stream of content. Plus, the current version isn't perfect on consoles so it needs some work.
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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.
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