Subnautica concept artwork for the Below Zero expansion

Instead of going with the safe option and starting development on a third Subnautica game, it seems that Unknown Worlds are currently trying their hand at something completely different. According to the recent press release from their publisher Krafton, the Unknown Worlds team is working on a "wholly unique turn-based strategy game set in a sci-fi world".

I'd love to give you some actual details, but I'm afraid that the full announcement has not been made just yet. As such, the only thing I can really tell you is that Unknown Worlds' still unnamed "Project M" will be launching into Early Access at some point in 2022.

Interestingly enough, this won't be Unknown Worlds' first foray into strategy as Natural Selection 2 had commanders that essentially played a real-time strategy game while everyone else duked it out in a first-person shooter. So considering how they manage to make a concept as outlandish as that actually enjoyable, I must admit I'm looking forward to seeing just what they'll be able to achieve when they fully focus on strategy.

Once Project M gets announced, ideally alongside a gameplay trailer, I'll make sure to let you know. Until then, all we can really do is sit and wait.