Subnautica: Procedurally Generate Your Own Underwater Terrain

I wrote a piece back in December about Subnautica; a fantastic looking game which will let you explore an underwater world full of inhospitable areas and creatures straight from your nightmares, with nothing more than your own personal submarine and a love for exploration which borders on the suicidal.

Well, the guys over at Unknown Worlds have gone ahead and released their terrain generator for user testing, so you can try it out and create your own underwater areas for free.

The idea behind the release of this piece of kit is to see how it performs across a range of computers, and to explore the limits of what it can do – not to mention letting those interested have a bit of a play around with it.

The developers have stated that: “We will regularly update it through Steam to improve its ability to meet (the above) objectives. These updates will add new features (Such as Steamworks integration), functions (Such as stat tracking), and fixes.” It’s a tool with a working use for both them and the users, so rest assured it’ll be expanded and looked after as time goes on.

Steve An, who works at Unknown Worlds, has provided a little test to get users started with the terrain generator kit, so no need to feel overwhelmed when you open it and see enough code to convince yourself that you’ve fallen out of the Matrix.

Subnautica has recently made the leap to getting a Steam Store page too, so if you like the look of what you’ve played with so far, don’t forget to add it to your wishlist.

Author: graemefinch

Teacher, avid Warcrafter, gifted Dungeons and Dragons character creator. Passionate about all things high fantasy and RPG.

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