From Krafton's report, it seems that the new game will follow the live-service model that many people have criticized, but now the developers have also spoken out and clarified the matter.
Regarding the Subnautica 2 game expected in 2025, we were able to read some details a few days ago, and although the long-awaited co-op will also be included in the game, some people were surprised by the “game-as-a-service” wording in the publisher’s statement. Speculation immediately began that the beloved franchise would replace its literal survival gameplay with something better suited to battle passes.
However, developer Unknown Worlds Entertainment With the last statement He tries to explain the matter and calm everyone down. First, “game as a service” means that the game will be developed, updated, and expanded years after its release, effectively expanding the early access model. There will be no Battle Pass or Season Pass in the game.
Other relevant information is that the new Subnautica will not be centered around multiplayer. Co-op play will be a completely optional element of the game, which is great news for those who loved the feeling of isolation and loneliness in the first game. But if someone wanted to survive with his comrades, he would also be given the opportunity. The developers also revealed that they are not planning to release the early access version of the game this year, but they still want to share a lot of information with players in 2024.