No Man’s Sky NEXT Live Now – Gigantic Patch Notes Released

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Jul 24, 2018
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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.

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No Man’s Sky NEXT is also available for purchase now on Xbox One, for the first time.

NEXT: INTRODUCING UPDATE 1.5

Update 1.5, No Man’s Sky NEXT, introduces a full multiplayer experiencenear-unlimited base buildingcommand of freighter armadasa graphical overhaul and more.

This update marks the two year anniversary of No Man’s Sky, and a lot has changed. Please see Atlas RisesPathfinder and Foundation for previous major updates.

This is an important next step in our journey.

MULTIPLAYER

Team up with a small group of friends and explore the universe together, or be joined by random travelers.

Help friends to stay alive, or prey on others to survive.

Fight as a pirate or a wingman in epic space battles with friends and enemies.

Group up to build communal basesfarms, and racetracks, and share your creations with all players online.

Explore the galaxy at your own pace, or progress together from the very start of the game and all the way through the story.

Invite your friends aboard your Freighter and take on challenging multiplayer missions from the Galactic Commission Station on your bridge.

Communicate with other players vocally using a headset, and/or converse using text chat on PC.

While wandering the galaxy solo, continue to experience chance encounters with strange floating orbs.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Soon after the release of No Man’s Sky NEXT, Hello Games has planned its first season of weekly content and community events.

This will be free for all players, with no microtransactions. Take part in community missions and unlock new rewards and customizations.

Players will also be able to interact with Xbox One Mixer streamers by helping or hindering their gameplay.

GALACTIC ATLAS WEBSITE

NEXT marks the launch of a new website dedicated to the community, which we’re calling the Galactic Atlas.

The site features points of interest in the No Man’s Sky Euclid Galaxy and will grow in functionality and expand over time, in part through your feedback.

Key Regional Hubs are marked, with discovery statistics and community events appearing soon.

BASE BUILDING

Bases can now be built anywhere on any planet, high in mountains or underwater.

Hundreds of new base parts have been added to unlock more creative possibilities.

Teleporters can now be built anywhere on the planet surface, and the teleporter menu has been reworked for ease of use.

Screenshot of new bases

Base complexity and size limits have been dramatically increased.

Players can own multiple bases, spread across regions, planets or star systems.

Sculpt the terrain around your base with the improved terrain manipulator.

THIRD PERSON

The game is fully playable in third or first person, both on foot and in ship.

Screenshot of new bases

Ship controls in both views now allow for true low flight mode across the surface of planets.

Communicate with other players using expressive gestures available from the quick menu.

Screenshot of new bases

CHARACTER CUSTOMISATION

Construct an Appearance Customiser in your base or freighter to personalize your appearance.

Screenshot of new bases

Play as a GekVy’keenKorvax or Traveller / Anomaly.

Screenshot of new bases

PROCEDURAL TECH

Discover unique procedurally generated technology to upgrade your Exosuit, Multi-Tool, and Starships.

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.

Pinpoint your exact location on a planet with visible latitude and longitude coordinates.

MISSIONS AND STRUCTURE

  • The opening section of the game has been overhauled, introducing new story elements and an early taste of advanced gameplay features, as well as a new mission chain for players with bases.
  • Envoys in Space Stations offer rewards and tributes to high-ranking members of their Guilds.
  • Mission types have been expanded, with photographyfeedingfreighter attack and defensearchaeology, and specialized hunting missions now available.

GRAPHICAL ENHANCEMENTS

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 varietydense forests and large treesand abandoned and empty systems.

New dynamic tessellation enables detailed terrain height maps without sacrificing performance. Tessellation will be rolling out in parity to all platforms that can support it very soon.

Hazardous storms look more dramatic with new biome-specific particle effects.

Significantly more detail added to shipNPC, and building textures.

Planetary rings of asteroids and improved space visuals make space more beautiful than ever.

Explore vast oceans of visually improved bodies of water with new continental terrain shapes.

Dynamic volumetric clouds create more realistic planetary atmospheres. Increased quality clouds will be rolling out in parity to all platforms very soon.

UI OVERHAUL

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.

Quality of life improvements make the build menu and the quick menu more efficient.

Inventory stacks can now be split for a more streamlined experience.

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.

Survive the threat of new hazardous flora and fauna. Be careful if you touch the eggs…

AUDIO

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.

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