Unknown Worlds’ deep ocean survival craft-athon Subnautica is headed to PlayStation 4. The news was announced via PlayStation.Blog, where the general manager at Panic Button, Adam Creighton, revealed the studio is behind the port. The PS4 version is aiming to be available by the end of the year, though no firm date was provided other than during ‘this holiday season’.
Fans have been clamoring for a PlayStation 4 port since the game entered early access so the move makes absolute sense. Given the success of the Steam version and the unfinished Xbox Preview iteration, Subnautica on PS4 should follow very much in the same commercial and critical footsteps.
Panic Button have a reputation as the go-to developer for triple A Switch ports and are behind the successful launch of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Doom on Nintendo’s console. They have also dabbled in porting to other console such as bringing the popular Rocket League to Xbox and PS4. With such a distinguished pedigree, the Subnautica port is primed to be a real treat.
Creighton explains that ‘Unknown Worlds made a gorgeous, immersive game a bunch of us at Panic Button have been fans of since it was announced, and we have been hoping to bring it to PlayStation gamers for a while’. He continues, ‘Subnautica is a special game, and we’re looking to do some special things for PlayStation gamers (more on that later).’ As for what those ‘special things’ are, time will tell.
If you somehow bypassed Subnautica, it’s a wondrous survival title that places players in the depths of an ocean-planet in the distant future. After crash landing into alien waters, players are tasked with finding a way to escape the planet. Through crafting, alien resource gathering, exploration, cataloguing, and construction, players discover rich underwater sea life as beautiful as it is dangerous. Subnautica is an explosion of color, creatures, and aquatic topography where every new discovery furthers an overarching sense of enchantment which few games can match.
The PS4 version will be available as a digital download on the PlayStation Store and as a physical purchase. There’s no information on a price point at the current time.