According to Krafton’s latest earnings report, Subnautica 2 will feature an official multiplayer co-op mode, along with the traditional single-player mode. The report also sheds light on another important development, i.e. the game will be based on the Game-as-a-Service (GaaS) model.
Based on the report, the upcoming title in Unknown World’s Subnautica series, will be called Subnautica 2. The title has stumped fans of the series, as many considered Subnautica: Below Zero to be the sequel to the original game. Many were expecting this upcoming game to be called Subnautica 3. The report dubs this upcoming game as
Multiplayer sequel to the original IP pursuing fandom snowballing
Subnautica 2 is being developed using Unreal Engine 5 and it will enable players to explore a completely new alien planet. Featuring a massive oceanic world and stylized graphics, this game will finally feature an official co-op multiplayer mode.
Subnautica was an extremely popular title. However, the lack of an official multiplayer mode annoyed gamers. The result was various mods targeted towards offering a multiplayer experience. Considering the huge success of these mods, the publisher seems to have taken things into their own hands. Subnautica 2 can be played as a single-player campaign. However, it can also be played with 4 players in a co-op multiplayer mode.
Krafton also claims in the report that the GaaS model will be applied to Subnautica 2, to offer
According Unknown Worlds, while the game will adopt GaaS model, it simply means that Subnautica 2 will receive continuous updates for many years after the release. Unlike the other GaaS games, it won’t feature any season passes, battle passes, or subscription models. Similar to early access update models of the first Subnautica game, Subnautica 2 will also receive various updates both in early access and post-launch.