Submachine: The Explorers

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Release date
No development started or planned[1][2]

Submachine: The Explorers (or SubEx) is a suggested side game of the Submachine series that is not currently in development.


“did you quote me [on the Wiki page]? Like, um, saying "I like this idea"? [laughs] Because I do.”
— Mateusz Skutnik[3]

Developer Mateusz Skutnik initially expressed interest in making a game related to the stories of the exploration teams during a live stream on YouTube on January 29th, 2017. During this stream he said he "liked the idea" (especially in contrast to a suggestion to make comic books about Submachine, which he did not approve of) but that his audience should not hold him to it.[4] About a week later, he again referenced the game idea during a live stream published on 6 February 2017. He stated that he did not have any ideas about what to put in the game, just the title[5], but that it was still worth adding a page about it to the Submachine Wiki.[6]

The only details mentioned were that the game would be about "explorer teams that roamed the Submachine long ago"[5] and be "filled with field notes".[4]

By the 28th of April 2018 the game had entirely been shelved as a concept. Mateusz stated on his personal Discord server that the game had never even entered pre-production stage so it could not even be said to have been cancelled. He said that he would do Submachine: The Engine and Submachine: The Legacy first, and at that point in the future anything could have happened.[1]

The question of Submachine: The Explorers was revisited on the Discord server on the 27th of September 2019 and Mateusz had further forgotten about the games existence. He stated that any continuation after the Engine and the Legacy was unknown even to him and that the idea of Explorers was not even sitting on his brain at this point in time. Finally he added: "it is possible though, but probably should revisit that idea after the legacy".[2]

See alsoEdit

Submachine series
Main series 1: The Basement2: The Lighthouse3: The Loop4: The Lab5: The Root
6: The Edge7: The Core8: The Plan9: The Temple10: The Exit
Side series Ancient AdventureFuture Loop FoundationFLF32 ChambersSubmachine UniverseThe EngineThe Explorers
Other games iSubmachineSketch of Submachine 2Card Game


  1. 1.0 1.1 Discord discussion, #chatter, 28 Apr 2018, Mateusz Skutnik.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Discord discussion, #chatter, 5:58 pm 27 Sep 2019, Mateusz Skutnik.
  3. Live Stream 43 • playing subnet hd part 1, 1:02:10-1:02:27, 29 Jan 2017, Mateusz Skutnik.
    “[User Jatsko in live chat: @Mateusz Skutnik wiki page done]

    Yeah, thank you, Jatsko, for making the new page in...did you quote me there? Like, um, saying "I like this idea"? [laughs] Because I do?”

  4. 4.0 4.1 Live Stream 43 • playing subnet hd part 1, 0:58:51-1:00:30, 29 Jan 2017, Mateusz Skutnik.
    “[User Mazen Hamdi in live chat: @Mateusz Skutnik will we see comics about lost explorers in the Subnet?], never, never, I'm not making comic books about the, maybe no, no no no there's nothing to say about this. If I'm going to tell the story, it will be in a game form. It will be, I don't know, Submachine, let's say, "Submachine: The Explorers". But don't hold me to it please, guys, don't hold me to my every little word I say. But you know, that will be a fun idea to create a Submachine filled with field notes from different,um....that's a good idea.

    [User towerofnix in live chat: Shortly later, Submachine: The Farm.]

    "Submachine: The Farm", yeah, about how to create the sandwiches...

    [User AndroidScript in live chat: Submachine The Explorers confirmed]

    Yeah, yeah towerofnix, yep that's confirmed. I think we need a new entry in the SubWiki, with the upcoming "Submachine: The Explorers" [chuckles]

    But actually I like this idea, I like this much better than creating a comic book about the Submachine, which will never happen...he says. Well we never know what's going to happen in the next years, years to come.”

  5. 5.0 5.1 Live Stream 44 • playing subnet hd part 2, 2:10:45-2:11:51, 6 Feb 2017, Mateusz Skutnik.
    “If we are talking, for example, about Submachine: The Engine, I have no, no idea, no clue, about what's going to be in this game.

    And we also, let's remember, last time we also, erm [clears throat] thought about creating [a] game called Submachine:... The Explorers, was it Jatsko? The, the Explorers, or...? Which, erm, which will be about the, the explorer teams that roam-roamed [the] submachine long time ago.

    So you see, those, those ideas come and go and... but I have nothing else than the name for it right now. On both of those games. [Clears throat] Neither, erm [corrects pronunciation] neither the Engine or the Explorers are set... [I] don't have any ideas for it, how it should look like.”

  6. Live Stream 44 • playing subnet hd part 2, 2:13:51-2:14:15, 6 Feb 2017, Mateusz Skutnik.
    “[User Jatsko in the livestream chat: So is that actually a thing? Like i can make a serious Wiki page about it?]”
    — You want to do a serious Wiki page about what? About Explorers? [Pauses] Yeah. [Pauses] Yeah. If I'm, If I'm to make more games, then Submachine: The Engine is the first one and Submachine: [The] Explorers is the, erm, the next one.

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