Subnautica Species Concept - Treader
These are Treaders, a sort of aquatic looking, giraffe-like lifeform that I'd designed to live on the floating islands. (I know the name isn't the most creative but it just seems to really fit with the overall design and has a really nice ring to it) If I'm being honest I'm actually very proud of this concept, especially color wise, because I'd never actually dealt with a palette that has more natural tones like this one.
Now I want you to know I did in fact spend a good few days scoping out the Floating Island in game just to make sure my concept would actually fit without any threat of being too large and overcrowding the place, and in fact the island is large enough to hold at least 3 herds of 4-6 individuals, and it would only make sense that at least 1/3 of those individuals would be juveniles and only a fraction of the size of the adults depicted in my artwork.In fact I even made a picture of what these guys would look like inside their natural environment just for proper scale. (because only seeing it next to a human offers a skewed perspective of their scope)
That is how they'd look in their habitat, and trust me there's enough space that they could live comfortably, if not in very small numbers.
Now I'd like to share a rough draft of a data bank entry I wrote for them, and at the bottom I'll provide a few links to the original post on Steam, as well as a blank template, which is one originally used for Shuttlebugs but the only source I could find was the image on the Subnautica Wikia.
Possible Data Bank Entry:
A massive herbivorous land animal whose stature can range from 8 to 10 meters in height. Completely unperturbed by other lifeforms, it treads slowly across the island jungle and grazes from the tops of the glowing trees. It could possibly be what gives it its’ bio luminescence.
- Legs work like stilts, with very little muscle but incredibly strong bone. Is completely incapable of swimming and when fallen it finds incredibly difficulty getting up.
- Two pairs of nostrils, the larger used to expel salt, sand, and other impurities from the ocean water they drink.
- Fins and escas seem completely vestigial, only use being illumination at night.
- The juveniles look ride-able, but aren’t privy to taking commands.
Assessment: Possibly edible, docile.
So what do you all think? Do you like it, hate it? Let me know in the comments below.
Original Steam Post
Official Blog Post