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This article is about Experimental Mode in Below Zero. To see this subject's article on the Subnautica Wiki, click here.
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The Experimental Mode is the public beta testing branch of Subnautica: Below Zero.

It allows the user to access new features as they are added to the game. Experimental Mode is not guaranteed to be stable, as it is still being worked on by the developers. New updates are made available almost every weekday. Saved games might not properly carry over from one patch to another so it is recommended to start a new game with each update. Using the stable build will ensure saved games carry over properly but will lack new features. It is recommended to follow the Favro and the Backend to see what is new. Experimental Mode is best for using console commands and the spawnable item list for testing. Note that saves opened while in experimental mode will no longer be useable in stable; however switching to experimental will not lock stable saves as long as they are not used.

Activating Experimental Mode On Steam SteamLogoEdit

  1. Exit Subnautica: Below Zero if the game is running.
  2. Go to your Steam library and click "Games" in the menu.
  3. Right-click on Subnautica: Below Zero.
  4. Select "Properties".
  5. Switch to the "Betas" tab.
  6. Click on the box that say "NONE - Opt out of all beta programs" and in the drop-down, select "Experimental - Automatic daily updates. Lots of bugs!" and then close the window.
  7. The game will now download new files.
  8. Note: no code is required. Done.

Activating Stable Mode On Steam SteamLogoEdit

  1. Exit Subnautica: Below Zero if the game is running.
  2. Go to your Steam library and click "Games" in the menu.
  3. Right-click on Subnautica: Below Zero.
  4. Select "Properties".
  5. Switch to the "Betas" tab.
  6. Click on the box that say "Experimental - Automatic daily updates. Lots of bugs!" and in the drop-down, select "NONE - Opt out of all beta programs" and then close the window.
  7. The game will now download new files.
  8. Note: no code is required. Done.

Updating Subnautica On Steam SteamLogoEdit

  1. Exit Subnautica: Below Zero if the game is running.
  2. Go to your Steam library and click "Games" in the menu.
  3. Right-click on Subnautica: Below Zero.
  4. Select "Properties".
  5. Switch to the "Updates" tab.
  6. Under "Automatic updates", select "High Priority - Always auto-update this game before others".
  7. Under "Background downloads", select "Always allow background downloads".
  8. Done.
  • After this Steam will always ask you if you want to install the latest update if there is one available.
  • If you are in-game in the future after this, you can open Steam (local on your desktop) and see if a new update is queuing to be installed (It will not install automatically while you're in-game).

Activating Experimental Mode on Epic and Discord EpicGamesLogo DiscordLogoEdit

The Epic and Discord stores do not currently support multiple branches, so Below Zero does not have Experimental Mode on those platforms.

Experimental Mode ChangesEdit

This section lists notable differences between the current versions of stable and experimental.

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