Some users on Reddit have pointed out a possible work-around to Subnautica forcing the Epic Games Store to launch.
While it’s definitely worth a shot, not everyone is having success.
Some users have also reported that the work-around is only a temporary fix and you may have to log in to the Epic Games Store from time to time to continue to have access to the game.
While the game could still be played online(ish), it’s a shame to be a purely single player game have force DRM implemented, especially since it was given away for free.
Epic Games has taken a lot of flak for some of their store’s lack of features, but it looks one feature it remembered is always-online DRM.
If you purchased the game from the Epic Games Store, the most recent Subnautica patch forces you to run the Epic Games Store while playing the game and forces you to be online for DRM purposes.
This doesn’t affect the Steam version of the game, but this is a bad move on Epic Games’ part as this feature was pushed out to a game that many gamers just recently downloaded for free.
While the free games are cool and all, it seems that the longer the Epic Games Store exists, the more issues users have with it.