It's been out on PC now for a while, and a little ways back we shared news with you that Unknown Worlds had teamed up with console port specialists, Panic Button, to help them navigate the waters of console development to ensure a competent release on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Now Unknown Worlds has *kind of* revealed the game's December release date.
*Kind of* in that they're still allowing for transparency where any
unforeseen circumstances might occur and the game might not make its now publicised December 4 release date.
On December 4th 2018, Subnautica will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You will be able to purchase Subnautica digitally, or via a physical disk. Physical disk sales in Europe will start three days later, on December 7th.
It’s important that we are honest about dates: While we are very confident of hitting December 4th, game development is a complex gig. There is always a risk that some unforeseen problem will cause things to shift. If anything changes, we will keep you up to date.
We are traditionally a PC game developer. This is our first console release, so we’re super excited, and super nervous. We are thankful to Gearbox Publishing and Panic Button for helping us release Subnautica on the PlayStation 4 & Xbox One.
Thank you to all of you who pushed us to release Subnautica on consoles. Your tweets, emails, and other messages provided us with encouragement & motivation as we navigated the unfamiliar waters of console development.
Many of you purchased the Xbox Game Preview version of Subnautica, enduring awful bugs and painful frame rates. Your feedback, bug reports, and reviews have helped shape console release. Without your patient feedback we would not have been able to bring Subnautica to consoles.
Thanks are also in order for many PC & Mac players – By playing and reporting issues with Experimental branch on Steam, you have helped stress test code destined for consoles.
Regardless of what platform you play on, we hope you’ll join the excitement on console launch day, and spread the news of Xbox and PlayStation release far and wide. We hope as many people as possible get to experience the wonder and peril of Planet 4546B’s open ocean.
Long time readers of the site will know this is one of my favourite games, ever, and we'll be following up their release with a comprehensive review detailing all three platform releases. So stay tuned.