Arctic Expansion concept art megathread

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  • RowletAlexRowletAlex Eleventy-seven Nonexistent Street, Nowhereville, Outer Space. Join Date: 2018-03-16 Member: 239126Members Posts: 53 Advanced user
    edited July 13
    New concept art!

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    At number one we have an early alien penguin. This won’t appear in the DLC and I’m not really gonna miss it. I’m not exactly getting a penguin feel from it.

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    At number two, the return of the pinnicarid! Turns out we will be getting the black one! It’s got some alternate color schemes, all of which are nice, and I’ll be happy with whatever one they choose for the DLC.

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    And finally, we’ve got a new creature! Meet the Titan Holefish, one of the weirdest (and coolest) creatures being added to the expansion, IMO. It’s biology is incredibly bizarre and seems to be something like an ocean sunfish mixed with a cuckoo’s victim, yet they’re symbiotic! Can’t wait to see these guys drifting about the Arctic seas.


    EDIT:
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    I WAS RIGHT. They ARE seal-like animals that go on land but hunt at sea! Seriously, read the photo description. It’s literally a seal. (This is of an old pinnicarid but it’s only been changed in appearance I imagine)
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  • FlametuskFlametusk Sparse Reef Join Date: 2018-01-24 Member: 235582Members Posts: 69 Advanced user
    I'm hoping for C or D. Also, the Pinnicarid is SO CUTE.
    It is my opinion that the best place to build a base is the northern end of the Sparse Reef.

    That moment when you accidentally eat the last Marblemelon.
  • MaalterommMaalteromm Brasil Join Date: 2017-09-22 Member: 233183Members Posts: 459 Advanced user
    Flametusk wrote: »
    I'm hoping for C or D. Also, the Pinnicarid is SO CUTE.

    This game has a history of cute creatures. Until they open their jaws at least.
    Snoutchi
  • FlametuskFlametusk Sparse Reef Join Date: 2018-01-24 Member: 235582Members Posts: 69 Advanced user
    Eh. I have a soft spot for creatures from the Cambrian period. Like Anomalocaris, or Opabinia.
    It is my opinion that the best place to build a base is the northern end of the Sparse Reef.

    That moment when you accidentally eat the last Marblemelon.
  • lorcogothlorcogoth belgium Join Date: 2015-09-14 Member: 207943Members Posts: 105 Advanced user


    RowletAlex wrote: »
    New concept art!

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    And finally, we’ve got a new creature! Meet the Titan Holefish, one of the weirdest (and coolest) creatures being added to the expansion, IMO. It’s biology is incredibly bizarre and seems to be something like an ocean sunfish mixed with a cuckoo’s victim, yet they’re symbiotic! Can’t wait to see these guys drifting about the Arctic seas.

    oh great, its a carrier for Biters....
  • RowletAlexRowletAlex Eleventy-seven Nonexistent Street, Nowhereville, Outer Space. Join Date: 2018-03-16 Member: 239126Members Posts: 53 Advanced user
    edited July 13
    We just got a BUTTLOAD of new concept art, much of which is going unused. Since there is so much I won’t put my opinions on each for now.

    The unused stuff:
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    These are some unused concepts for the alien penguin, and they confirm the mysterious blue creature is in fact an old alien penguin. All of these are very nice, and it’s a shame we won’t get them ingame.
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    This is an old sketch of the pinnicarid. Nothing too interesting.
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    Here’s an old squidshark. Not too different, but I definitely prefer the new one.
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    These three are some unused variants of regular creatures. We have a shuttlebug, a crabsquid, and a Mesmer(?) All seem obsessed with batteries for various reasons. I’m really sad we aren’t getting that Mesmer, especially mesmer B. IT’S SO CUTEEE
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    This is a creature only known as the shard, which is like a bizarre knifefish that uses ice like squid ink. It’s a shame we’re losing such a fascinating creature, but I would imagine that ice dummy ability wou be difficult to animate.

    The stuff we will get/not sure about:
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    Here’s a closer look at the Titan Holefish symbionts. They’ll be fun to place on the taxonomic chart.
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    This awesome beast is called the Brute Shark, and it’s a stalker/boneshark size animal. It may have been replaced by the squidshark but I certainly hope we get both of them.
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    Here’s some anatomical details on the pinnicarid. This seems to confirm we’re getting pinnicarid A (new set of patterns)/pinnicarid C (original pattern set) It has neat anatomy, and for once it’s mouth isn’t terrifying!
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    Here’s some details on the final alien penguin. I’m glad we can finally see how it’s feet work.
  • Hunter387Hunter387 Join Date: 2018-07-01 Member: 241853Members Posts: 74 Advanced user
    BlueBottle wrote: »
    Wow, that's gives a very alien feel!

    What are those red things then? Some kind of terrestrial giant tubeworm? Maybe in a light breeze their tentacles flow out to snare the odd passing skyray.

    That’s what there called ok. I thought the same thing about what they looked like
  • Hunter387Hunter387 Join Date: 2018-07-01 Member: 241853Members Posts: 74 Advanced user
    Ok random idea I wonder if the precursors are gonna be there to..
  • Hunter387Hunter387 Join Date: 2018-07-01 Member: 241853Members Posts: 74 Advanced user
    We got a new fauna the Titan Holefish it is a cite to be hold and also we have the another one with it. http://subnautica.wikia.com/wiki/Titan_Holefish
  • FlametuskFlametusk Sparse Reef Join Date: 2018-01-24 Member: 235582Members Posts: 69 Advanced user
    Bit late to the party, eh?
    It is my opinion that the best place to build a base is the northern end of the Sparse Reef.

    That moment when you accidentally eat the last Marblemelon.
  • Q_bertQ_bert inactivelavart Join Date: 2018-05-08 Member: 240607Members Posts: 138 Advanced user
    I SERIOUSLY hope we get something akin to a sea angel, those things are really cute and giant ones in an alien containment? Heck yeah!
    Don’t steal my plants.
  • Hunter387Hunter387 Join Date: 2018-07-01 Member: 241853Members Posts: 74 Advanced user
    Flametusk wrote: »
    Bit late to the party, eh?
    Might be just now realized it was a thing but oh well.
    Q_bert wrote: »
    I SERIOUSLY hope we get something akin to a sea angel, those things are really cute and giant ones in an alien containment? Heck yeah!

    ??
  • Q_bertQ_bert inactivelavart Join Date: 2018-05-08 Member: 240607Members Posts: 138 Advanced user
    @Hunter387 this guy.
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    Don’t steal my plants.
    Hunter387
  • millievdbmillievdb Join Date: 2018-07-17 Member: 242266Members Posts: 18 Advanced user
    @kingkuma: It may be fan art but it still would be awesome if it ever came tot the game.
    I'm just a simple alien that tries to destroy earth and make a giant spacesnackbar out of it.
  • millievdbmillievdb Join Date: 2018-07-17 Member: 242266Members Posts: 18 Advanced user
    @RowletAlex: How do you place the pictures, I mean I try to do it but every time a link shows up and I can't post it? Pls help me.
    I'm just a simple alien that tries to destroy earth and make a giant spacesnackbar out of it.
  • RowletAlexRowletAlex Eleventy-seven Nonexistent Street, Nowhereville, Outer Space. Join Date: 2018-03-16 Member: 239126Members Posts: 53 Advanced user
    New piece of concept art!
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    This is of a “mysterious” creature for the expansion, by Pat Presley (unlike the rest of our creatures so far) What it’ll do I’m not sure but it looks weird and I’m really excited to see it ingame.

    @millievdb I use mobile so this might not work the same, but there should be a little photo symbol above the text box where you write your post. Click it, choose an image, and it should automatically put the photo in for you.
    Hunter387
  • Q_bertQ_bert inactivelavart Join Date: 2018-05-08 Member: 240607Members Posts: 138 Advanced user
    @RowletAlex that looks like something off of Spore. Evolution truly WAS a mistake.
    Don’t steal my plants.
    Hunter387
  • Hunter387Hunter387 Join Date: 2018-07-01 Member: 241853Members Posts: 74 Advanced user
    Well it’s official according to wiki the artic “dlc” expansion is actually going to be a separate game and Subnautica it self will not be needed to play.
  • RowletAlexRowletAlex Eleventy-seven Nonexistent Street, Nowhereville, Outer Space. Join Date: 2018-03-16 Member: 239126Members Posts: 53 Advanced user
    edited July 25
    Huh. I looked into it and apparently this is a thing but it’s somewhat poorly worded, so I’m gonna need some clarification from a dev on that. To be quite honest what I think Obraxis was trying to say is that it’s not expanding the base world and will be truly, wholly independent. They or another dev can correct me if I’m wrong.

    Additionally, I really don’t understand the point behind a second game entirely if it won’t be drastically, hugely new with big new features. I’d be fine with it but I KNOW loads of people would whine that it doesn’t have multiplayer or something else significant different. It’d be peppered with reviews saying “this could just be an expansion for the base game” or something like that. Just my 2 cents.

    EDIT: So I asked around on discord and got numerous responses (including from Obraxis) that it’s a separate .exe file that can be played without the game, but isn’t quite a sequel or a truly separate game. You can buy it without owning Subnautica, but it’s not a whole new game. Think of it as Subnautica 1.5.
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    Hunter387
  • MaalterommMaalteromm Brasil Join Date: 2017-09-22 Member: 233183Members Posts: 459 Advanced user
    edited July 25
    RowletAlex wrote: »
    Huh. I looked into it and apparently this is a thing but it’s somewhat poorly worded, so I’m gonna need some clarification from a dev on that. To be quite honest what I think Obraxis was trying to say is that it’s not expanding the base world and will be truly, wholly independent. They or another dev can correct me if I’m wrong.

    Additionally, I really don’t understand the point behind a second game entirely if it won’t be drastically, hugely new with big new features. I’d be fine with it but I KNOW loads of people would whine that it doesn’t have multiplayer or something else significant different. It’d be peppered with reviews saying “this could just be an expansion for the base game” or something like that. Just my 2 cents.

    Not everything benefits from following trends.
    DLC is a huge trend because it is easy to push "new" content for a "small" price, incurring in huge revenues for the gaming companies and negligible content for the players.

    Once upon a time, expansions were a new thing and the norm was to publish games in sequence. Game, Game 2, ..., Game n and so forth. When Doom 2 came out it only featured one new weapon, a few new enemies, practically no new mechanics and a ton new levels (mostly using the same sprites and textures, only different mazes).
    It was a huge success and launched only a year after the original.

    Having new things just for the sake of new things alone isn't ok. Trying to appease everyone also tends to fail.

    Subnautica has its own niche, there's still a huge demand in this niche and UWE is lightyears away from the competition.
    Right now it would be foolish to waste time and resources on anything not guaranteed to improve the game, and there's plenty of assured improvements to be taken on what's already implemented.
  • RowletAlexRowletAlex Eleventy-seven Nonexistent Street, Nowhereville, Outer Space. Join Date: 2018-03-16 Member: 239126Members Posts: 53 Advanced user
    You DO have a very good point there. I myself wouldn’t complain but I know other people would (the same people who ask for multiplayer/weapons I would wager) However I’m rather satisfied with the state of the expansion as it is now. I’m really looking forward to playing it!

    SnoutchiHunter387
  • Morph_GuyMorph_Guy Join Date: 2016-04-21 Member: 216034Members Posts: 490 Advanced user
    edited July 31
    A couple new fauna concepts I haven't seen posted here.
    This first one is of an unused Reaper relative.
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    This second one is of various small animals. It's unknown if any of these are scrapped or not.
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    There are also a couple new biome concepts.
    The first one is of the Arctic Spires biome which will probably make it in. The specific hovercraft visible here won't make it in, but something to fill that same role will.
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    This second one is of a Thermal Zone that will be making it in from the looks of it. Bear in mind that the Seamoth likely won't make it in.
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  • RowletAlexRowletAlex Eleventy-seven Nonexistent Street, Nowhereville, Outer Space. Join Date: 2018-03-16 Member: 239126Members Posts: 53 Advanced user
    edited July 31
    I was literally just about to post those! The assorted small fauna one is new to me, though.

    EDIT: Here’s one you missed:
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  • SkopeSkope Wouldn't you like to know ;) Join Date: 2016-06-07 Member: 218212Members Posts: 1,171 Advanced user
    I don't understand, why wouldn't the vehicles that we have now get into the expansion?

    Would they entirely remake the subs for the arctic? And better question is why? I would expect at least one of the current vehicles to continue on.
    I've been skulking around here for almost four years.

    Yet I still have no idea what's going on.
  • RowletAlexRowletAlex Eleventy-seven Nonexistent Street, Nowhereville, Outer Space. Join Date: 2018-03-16 Member: 239126Members Posts: 53 Advanced user
    Supposedly the PRAWN is probably gonna stay, but I suppose they either want it to be more terrestrial this time, or they’re going to add two new submarines to replace the old ones. And then there’s the terrestrial Hovercraft vehicle as well.
  • Hunter387Hunter387 Join Date: 2018-07-01 Member: 241853Members Posts: 74 Advanced user
    I though that the seamoth was gonna make it in or maybe since it’ll be in the future it’ll be like seamoth mark 3 that looks almost completely different and hopefully we’ll get like the prawn mark 5 or something that’ll be cool
  • Morph_GuyMorph_Guy Join Date: 2016-04-21 Member: 216034Members Posts: 490 Advanced user
    New area concept.
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  • Q_bertQ_bert inactivelavart Join Date: 2018-05-08 Member: 240607Members Posts: 138 Advanced user
    I have a feeling that those pink flowers function similarly to jellyshrooms...
    Don’t steal my plants.
  • BlueBottleBlueBottle Australia Join Date: 2018-02-03 Member: 236674Members Posts: 306 Advanced user
    Wow!

    Maybe they're sea anemones?
  • SkopeSkope Wouldn't you like to know ;) Join Date: 2016-06-07 Member: 218212Members Posts: 1,171 Advanced user
    Q_bert wrote: »
    I have a feeling that those pink flowers function similarly to jellyshrooms...

    Which begs the question, what functions with them?
    I've been skulking around here for almost four years.

    Yet I still have no idea what's going on.
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