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The Player is the protagonist of Subnautica. He is one of the survivors, and later the sole survivor, that survived the impact of the Aurora by escaping into Lifepod 5


The Player is an unnamed character. he is a fit young-adult male human with light brown skin, dark brown eyes, and dark hair styled in a fauxhawk with dyed turquoise streaks. He has a long face and pronounced features.

The Player has a good degree of stamina, for he is able to swim very long distances and hold his breath for prolonged periods of time. It may be possible that he was in the TSF and given military training due to his physical capabilities.


The Player does not typically speak, but can be heard gasping for air if he stays underwater for too long, when he is jumping, or letting out shrieks of pain if he is attacked. He can be heard grunting when escaping the Aurora in Lifepod 5, and coughing when putting out the fire inside.


Almost nothing is known about the Player's life before the crash of the Aurora, however, he was a member of the Alterra corporation, and was on board the Aurora prior to the crash. His status as a crewmember or passenger remains unknown. Due to his physical capabilities, it may be possible that he was security on board and/or a soldier in the TSF prior.


The Player is seen boarding and launching Lifepod 5 during the descent of the Aurora. After being knocked out by a loose panel, the Player then proceeds to put out a fire inside the lifepod using a Fire Extinguisher. Afterwards, he activates his PDA, and the user is able to take full control of him.

Data Bank Entries

Self-scan complete. Vital signs normal. Continuing to monitor.

Scan 1

Self-scan complete. Vital signs normal. Detecting trace amounts of foreign bacteria. Continuing to monitor.

Scan 2

Self-scan complete. Foreign bacteria count has reached statistically significant levels. No adverse effects detected. Be vigilant for symptoms.

Scan 3

Self-scan complete. Bacterial infection has spread to the skin and pulmonary system. Medical report recorded to databank. It is imperative you find a way to neutralize the infection.

Scan 4

Self-scan complete. Vital signs normal. No remaining signs of bacterial infection.

Scan 5



  • During a conversation with Scott "Obraxis" MacDonald, he stated that the Player "really likes hair gel".
  • It was stated during a live stream with Scott "Obraxis" MacDonald that the name of the Player is "Fordon Greeman", this is a reference to the famous non speaking protagonist of the Half-Life series, Gordon Freeman. He later stated that he was just trolling.
  • It was also stated during a live stream with Scott "Obraxis" MacDonald that the sound of the Player gasping for air was recorded by Simon Chylinski, the Sound Designer at Unknown Worlds.
  • Scott "Obraxis" MacDonald has jokingly referred to the Player as a janitor.