Subnautica: Below Zero Review Embargo Details

Subnautica: Below Zero Review Embargo Details

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Subnautica: Below Zero launches later this month, and we can now reveal when reviews will start to appear online. If you're eager to dive in with Unknown Worlds' icy sequel, here's when you can expect to read and watch the world's first reviews online. 

The Subnautica: Below Zero review embargo lifts on Tuesday, May 11 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET. Some reviewers are already playing on the platform of their choice, so we anticipate some dozens of reviews to appear on OpenCritic as soon as the embargo ends next week. Some players have also had access to the game via Early Access version, but this month marks the game's 1.0 launch.

Subnautica: Below Zero is the survival game sequel to 2018's Subnautica, which ended its launch year as one of the best-reviewed games. Today, it still holds an impressive and certified "Mighty" 86 average from nearly 50 critics across the game's various launches. It first arrived on PC and Xbox via Early Access and Game Preview respectively, and is playable via backward compatibility on new-gen Xbox and PlayStation consoles. 

The first game and Below Zero will launch as a Switch bundle for $60 on May 14, the same day Below Zero launches everywhere else for $30. Below Zero returns players to Planet 4546B where they will "uncover the truth behind a deadly cover-up." With base-building, item and weapon crafting, and more exploration including new areas, flora, and fauna to discover, Unknown Worlds has stressed that Below Zero is not an expansion for the first game, but a proper sequel.

Come back  on May 11 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET to find out how the first several critics feel about the game. In the meantime, don't miss another forthcoming review embaro lift for Resident Evil Village

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