Coop or multiplayer in Subnautica? I'm afraid not.



  • Ravster05Ravster05 Ehdbeyebhwiabahush Join Date: 2019-02-21 Member: 251186Members Posts: 10 Fully active user
    Flayra wrote: »
    Hey everyone,

    We've been getting tons and tons of questions and requests about whether we're going to add multiplayer to Subnautica or not.

    Back in our early prototypes we always had multiplayer in the back of our mind. But we had so much to learn about the game, multiplayer was never a priority. Eventually we hit early access and now it would take many man-years to add any kind of multiplayer to Subnautica. We don't want to spend years more working on Subnautica before v1.0, so we sadly have come to terms with the fact that we won't be adding any kind of multiplayer or coop to the game.

    Maybe one day we'll start over on a different engine and make a new Subnautica game based around coop. A game where one person is piloting the sub, another person is poring over readouts and computers, another is repairing the engines and yet another is radioing for help in a dark biome, where their Seamoth is almost out of juice. We would love to play that game.

    But until then, we're going to finish up Subnautica the way it was meant to be: one person trying to survive in in a massive, dangerous, beautiful, alien world.
    9Rarro wrote: »
    There could allways be multiplayer o coop mods if subnautica would allow for mods in the future like they did in Skyrim
    There is always hope :smile:

  • KadmusPrimeKadmusPrime Join Date: 2019-03-10 Member: 251643Members Posts: 2 Fully active user
    Arachia wrote: »
    Sorry to disagree with all the multiplayer NAYs here but Co-Op IS coming to Subnautica and actually IS possible NOW from a mod that is currently being developed.
    Look at nexusmods under subnautica for mod #159 Nitrox - Multiplayer Mod
    You can use this with a bit of work. It is NOT a straight install AT THIS POINT. Is in alpha to beta stage. so whether the Devs want this game to become co-op, multiplayer, or just stay single player for those that want co-op it is possible and will becoming more so soon.

    Oh? Then I'm sure you know how long they've been working on that co-op mod. 2 years, 3 years now? UW said that's the exact amount of time it would take for them to add multiplayer because they would have had to rewrite everything. Imagine if UW actually tried to add in multiplayer, we wouldn't even have below zero at this time let alone a finished game. And I'm sure at that point people wouldn't be hammering for multiplayer but would be hammering for a finished game.
  • gholm2504gholm2504 Join Date: 2019-03-04 Member: 251498Members Posts: 1 Fully active user
    I mean, if you REALLY want multiplayer, then download the Nitrox mod.
  • WaterBatmanWaterBatman UK Join Date: 2019-01-11 Member: 248543Members Posts: 52 Advanced user
    I LOVE the fact its not multiplayer. I detest multiplayer. And lets be honest, the devs have a lot more to worry about than starting to rewrite the base code when there are still major bugs in the original game they haven't had time to fix yet, nevermind multiplayer lol.
  • OsRETOOsRETO Fl Join Date: 2019-03-11 Member: 251666Members Posts: 2 Freshly registered user
    Alguien sabe como poner subnautica este en español para ps4 me sale todo en ingles HELP HELP
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  • Grimmnum38Grimmnum38 Portland Oregon Join Date: 2019-03-26 Member: 251968Members Posts: 2 Freshly registered user
    Not to tell anyone how to play or how to glean enjoyment from said game but that said I fear the "multi" addition to any single player story driven game........ All one has to do is look at any franchise ( there are exceptions to this rule but far less than those that don't ) that started as a single player game with a story ( it doesn't even have to have a good story just narration even) more times than not when a multiplayer addition is added ( or when the team developing a game is forced to add said addition ) the single player portion always without fail suffers from that addition. There are too many examples to list and we all know of them and wish they hadn't been given the "multi" kiss of death. I love multiplayer games and believe they have a place. I just don't think it has a place with SN or at least at this time. I think we have more than enough "Multi" in our beloved pass time and I for one am going to continue to think so as an avid PC gamer and programmer Ill support Unknownworlds and SN and SNBZ with my $ and my time regardless of the future of the series but felt I needed to toss in my two cents into this huge pile of pennies. CHEERS

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  • SHAD0WDEM0N654SHAD0WDEM0N654 united kingdom Join Date: 2019-04-04 Member: 252136Members Posts: 1 Freshly registered user
    Multiplayer could still be worked on and made so players have to send out a radio signal to tell other players there locations everyone is in a different life pod around the ocean you guys should work on it even if its added within a dlc not update think about it pay another team to make it
  • jamintheinfinite_1jamintheinfinite_1 Jupiter Join Date: 2016-12-03 Member: 224524Members Posts: 1,062 Advanced user
    There already is a fan made multiplayer mod in the works. So pointless for the devs to make multiplayer dlc
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  • AnomalyDetectedAnomalyDetected Alterra Housing District: Planet Vicaron Join Date: 2017-04-19 Member: 229741Members Posts: 770 Advanced user
    There already is a fan made multiplayer mod in the works. So pointless for the devs to make multiplayer dlc

    It's been almost three whole years and this thread is still going with people asking over and over even though the topic was answered by the title alone. It surprises me.
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  • KadmusPrimeKadmusPrime Join Date: 2019-03-10 Member: 251643Members Posts: 2 Fully active user
    Multiplayer could still be worked on and made so players have to send out a radio signal to tell other players there locations everyone is in a different life pod around the ocean you guys should work on it even if its added within a dlc not update think about it pay another team to make it

    Sure it can if you want all development of subnautica to be halted for more than a year and it's not something that can be added in a simple update like UW has been repeatedly saying; it will require a full rewrite of their code
  • JakobWulfkindJakobWulfkind Montana, US Join Date: 2019-02-28 Member: 251401Members Posts: 7 Fully active user
    So this was absolutely the right choice, and it makes a great deal of sense to do it this way given that the "alone on a beautiful death world" aesthetic was part of what made Subnautica such an amazing game to play. If you do multiplayer in the future, I'd do it by having different players working in different parts of 4546B, only able to communicate in brief messages, but able to occasionally share resources or activate Almanac tech that they find (maybe an add-on to Below Zero from the perspective of Jeffries, where the player must help Robin remotely?). So sort of an expansion of the time capsule mechanic from Subnautica, expanded a little bit.
  • ssjtrunks15ssjtrunks15 United States Join Date: 2014-04-30 Member: 195670Members, Reinforced - Shadow Posts: 1 Freshly registered user
    I have to say I love subnautica, and while I would also LOVE a coop for subnautica I see where the issue comes in that making a multiplayer/coop subnautica would be a crazy amount of work. That said I really like the idea of finishing the subnautica story line we are in right now, and then moving on to a new story line in either a different universe or in the same universe just a different story line altogether. as an entirely unrelated note ya'll have done some amazing things with NS2. Thank you for that! Been playing natural selection since NS1 and love what you did with NS2.
  • LalalaLalala Join Date: 2019-06-01 Member: 253173Members Posts: 1 Fully active user
    edited June 2019
    There wouldn't be much to do in a coop or multiplayer other than showing off, later engaging at Seamoth obstacle race and other minigames of choice, repeat for a few days until it grows boring.

    People nowadays (mostly the teens?) seem to want coop/multi on everything, which is more trouble than it's worth for some titles, seems to be case here.

    Subnauticas are to be taken alone and dive into its own universe.

    What the games lack (mostly for extended gameplay at new-game/replay value) is NPC interaction, some in-game characters and events that bend and shape the sotryline to different ways. Hmm likely the best way to add that would be via modding. I'll try creating a topic about it.
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  • BidiouBidiou ALGERIA Join Date: 2019-08-09 Member: 254192Members Posts: 1 Fully active user
    I personally love to have a coop multi-player mod where we xan all play together, i think this is the future of gaming.
  • GranistarGranistar Manchester, NH Join Date: 2019-08-11 Member: 254249Members Posts: 6 Fully active user
    Personally, in my opinion, Subnautica has no use for multi-player coop. Submersion ( not a water pun I promise ), is incredibly ruined by multi-player cooperative playing. In a game like 7 Days to Die or Ark then it's welcome. But one of Subnautica's great strengths is that the singleplayer world is enhanced by your isolation. Having someone running around with you removes that feeling.

    I have more to add to this.. but it's time to go home!

    have a great night Subnautic'ers!
  • Paul-HewsonPaul-Hewson Join Date: 2008-02-25 Member: 63737Members, Constellation, Reinforced - Shadow Posts: 134 Advanced user
    Subnautica no, but a coop game based on the subnautica universe can be done. Alterra knows the planet now and a team of researcher sent there or a "competition" between trans-gov to uncover every secret of planet 4546B is something that can make sense. You're no longer a survivor from a crash, so i can really see people working to discover another part of the planet and resolve other mysteries from it.

    But it has to be though through the beginning in multiplayer fashion, so the world is dynamic, the objectives are dynamic.. it is pretty clear a single player story does not particularly fit very well an online game (even a coop game).
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  • ELITE_Team_ZombiELITE_Team_Zombi Subnautica in coop Join Date: 2019-10-31 Member: 255243Members Posts: 1 Freshly registered user
    Coop mod on ps4 please
  • I_love_subnauticaI_love_subnautica Join Date: 2019-12-20 Member: 256603Members Posts: 1 Freshly registered user
    Why not add a Nintendo switch version please I play on xbox and I want to play on my nintendo switch thank you for reading
  • rawmacgyverrawmacgyver Join Date: 2019-12-18 Member: 256524Members Posts: 4 Fully active user
    I agree that subnautica is meant to be a singleplayer game, but just having the option to join in with friends with nothing else changed is something I would pay good money for :P
  • narfblatnarfblat Utah, USA Join Date: 2016-05-15 Member: 216799Members, Forum Moderators, Forum staff Posts: 659 mod
    Little to none of the story is specific about you being alone, so that isn't really the problem. The problem has more to do with properly handling multiple users on the same world. Modders have slightly less worry, as they can't be accused of taking money for an unfinished or rough product.

    issues include:
    1. Syncing data so what player A takes or builds is changed for player B.
    2. Handling blueprints for multiple players - if player A scans everything, it wouldn't make sense for player B to automatically have the Blueprint. However, this would make blueprints an exception to #1.
    3. Handling storyline if player A is working to endgame while B is just exploring.
    4. Showing playernodels for other players. This seemed to be a large issue for the mod team.
    5-? More issues that would only be realized while attempting to change the game.
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  • Lord_DyerLord_Dyer Join Date: 2020-01-21 Member: 257324Members Posts: 1 Freshly registered user
    I think its a fair decision, my first playthrough was alot of fun because of the solo discovery element
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