Launch day updates for games are nothing new, though No Man’s Sky’s update sounds like an integral one to download before getting your adventure started.
Hello Games’ Sean Murray said that anyone who got their hands on the game early will technically be able to continue playing the game, but they’ll miss out on new content and experiences if they don’t delete their save before updating. He also revealed that servers will be reset prior to launch.
Work on the update began as soon as the game went gold and it adds a wealth of new content. There’s a significant amount written about the update on the No Man’s Sky website, but we’ve picked out a couple of the highlights below.
- The Three Paths – there are now new, unique “paths” you can follow throughout the game. You must start the game on a fresh save, with the patch, as early choices have significant impact on what you see later in the game, and the overall experience.
- Writing – The Atlas path has been rewritten by James Swallow (writer on Deus Ex) and me. I think it speaks to the over-arching theme of player freedom more clearly now. Early mission text has been rewritten to allow for multiple endings.
- Planets – we’ve added dead moons, low atmosphere and extreme hazardous planets. Extreme hazards include blizzards and dust storms.
- Atmosphere – space, night time and day skies are now 4x more varied due to new atmospheric system, which refracts light more accurately to allow for more intense sunsets.
- Terrain generation – caves up to 128m tall are now possible. Geometric anomalies have been added. Underwater erosion now leads to more interesting sea beds.
- Trading – trading is deeper. Star systems and planets each have their own wants and needs, based off a galactic economy. Observing these is the key to successful trading. We still working on adjusting this based on how everyone plays, but all trading values have been rebalanced across the galaxy, giving a greater depth. A bunch of trade exploits were uncovered and have been removed.
- Space Combat – advanced techniques have been introduced, like brake drifting and critical hits. Bounty missions and larger battles now occur. Pirate frequency has been increased, as well as difficulty depending on your cargo.
No Man’s Sky will launch on Wednesday on PS4 and on Friday on PC.