A New Game In The Subnautica Universe Is Under Development
Developer Unknown Worlds has all but confirmed that a new Subnautica game is under development. The aquatic survival game launched in 2014 and received a sequel in 2021 with Subnautica: Below Zero. It seems now that the series will get a third installment, or at least a spin off, based on a job listing for a senior narrative designer on the Unknown Worlds website.
"Unknown Worlds is seeking a Senior Narrative Designer to join the team working on the next game in the Subnautica universe," reads the job description. "This person will collaborate closely with the team to tell compelling, dramatic stories in the context of the game experience, while also defining the history and lore of a new science fiction world and its alien inhabitants. This person has a unique opportunity to join the team early in development and help establish the narrative direction for a beloved franchise."
The phrasing of the job description is rather interesting due to the usage of the term "Subnautica universe". It suggests that while the game is connected to Subnautica, it may not be a direct sequel, or possibly even the same genre. Additionally, "defining the history and lore of a new science fiction world and its alien inhabitants" means that the game will be based on an entirely new planet, with its own native species and environments.
No official statement has been made by the developer about this game – the only proof that development has begun is this job listing. Considering that Unknown Worlds is still hiring resources for the project, you can bet it will be a while till we get any official word on it.
Earlier this year, Subnautica: Below Zero writer Brittney M. Morris left Unknown Worlds to join Insomniac Games and work on Marvel's Spider-Man 2. Morris already had experience with Spider-Man lore as she had written the Miles Morales prequel novel, Wings of Fury. The novel revolves around Vulture's daughter, Starling, a new Vulture in the making. It also explores Miles' grief for the loss of his father, and also adapting to the world with new powers and responsibilities.
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