No Man's Sky NEXT, the highly anticipated free update for the game, is live now on all platforms. While you update the game, below you can find the gigantic patch notes published by developer Hello Games.
This is perhaps the biggest patch to date, with changes encompassing every aspect of the game from crafting to base building, graphics, sound and more. Of course, the biggest new feature in No Man's Sky NEXT is the addition of proper multiplayer functionality, something that fans had been asking since the launch in 2016.
No Man's Sky NEXT is also available for purchase now on Xbox One, for the first time.
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ANALYSIS VISOR ENHANCEMENTS
Quickly locate terrain resources and buried products with the improved analysis visor.
Set short-term goals by tagging the markers of points of interest.
MISSIONS AND STRUCTURE
Dramatically improved visuals bring more life than ever to planetary landscapes.
Experience a greater sense of planetary scale with massively improved draw distance.
Deep improvements to planetary terrain generation create more varied alien environments, featuring higher mountains and more navigable cave systems.
Planet surfaces now look more interesting and representative from orbit.
The universe is more diverse than ever with color palette variety, dense forests and large trees, and abandoned and empty systems.
Hazardous storms look more dramatic with new biome-specific particle effects.
The HUD has been remixed to both improve readability and reduce intrusion on the gameplay area.
The visual location of messages is better prioritized to help emphasize critical information.
Players with freighters can summon any of their personal starship fleet at any time.
Maintenance and repair interactions have had a visual and functional overhaul. Repairs now take place ‘in-world’ and can be carried out in incremental stages.
Players interested in salvage can repair damaged ships + Multi-Tools by gathering the right components and fixing damaged slots.
SPACE STATION MARKETPLACE
Purchase all your space exploration needs in the huge new Space Station Marketplace.
EXPLORATION, FAUNA AND FLORA
Find and excavate buried ruins with the Terrain Manipulator to unearth locked ancient treasures.
Use the Terrain Manipulator to locate buried technology modules and turn the salvaged components into new base parts with the Blueprint Analyser.
Some creature types will herd together, grazing and fleeing from danger as a group.
Creatures now respond more enthusiastically to being fed, recognizing you as a friend and alerting nearby creatures to the food source.
Creature movements now appear more natural and intelligent, with improved AI and entirely revamped animations.
Sentinel behaviors and animations have been improved. Players can stand their ground in combat, or take advantage of the time between reinforcement waves to escape and find a place to avoid Drone scans and searches.
Find Navigation Data and use it in the overhauled Signal Booster to locate planetary structures.
Creature voices are now more diverse, and NPC vocals have been updated to match their new set of animations.
New foley for the player character is audible throughout the game.
Ship sounds and combat audio have been improved.
The game soundtrack is expanded with several new music tracks composed by Paul Weir.