After three years in Steam Early Access Unknown Worlds Entertainment’s Subnautica fully launched in January this year, including support for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Allowing players to go on an underwater adventure the studio has announced a special discount weekend in support of World Oceans Day and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) charity.
Unknown Worlds Entertainment and Perfect World Entertainment (PWE) have teamed up with Steam to support the charity by offering a 20 percent discount off Subnautica. While gamers get to save money the deal will see 15 percent of net developer profits will go directly to WDC to support their work all over the world to keep whales and dolphins safe and free from the many threats they face, including whaling, being kept in captivity for ‘entertainment’ and the major new threat of plastic pollution in our oceans.
“It’s really exciting for us to be able to work with WDC on the Oceans Day promotion and to be able to use Subnautica to help make a difference,” said Head of Strategic Partnerships at PWE, Whitney Henderson in a statement. “Only this week, a pilot whale in Thailand died of starvation after eating 80 plastic shopping bags that he had mistaken for food so it’s wonderful to have the chance to increase awareness of the important work that WDC does to help keep our seas healthy and to give players the chance to donate to such a great cause.”
In Subnautica the story goes that you’ve crash landed on a watery alien world and the only way to survive is to head underwater. From sun drenched shallow coral reefs to treacherous deep-sea trenches, lava fields, and bio-luminescent underwater rivers, Subnautica has some rich environments to explore as you scavenge and search for resources. You’ll need to craft knives, lights, diving gear, and personal water craft to venture ever deeper to find rarer resources, allowing you to craft more advanced items.
Abbie Cheesman, who manages WDC’s partnerships and collaborations added: “Subnautica has been incredibly popular with our supporters in the gaming community and the broadcasters and fundraisers who have taken part in our Gamers for Orcas fundraisers, so we are delighted to be working with the team behind Subnautica on a special promotion this World Oceans Day. We are so grateful for their generous support of our vital work to help protect our oceans and the amazing marine wildlife that call them home at such a critical time for many whale and dolphin species.”