It is fair to say that No Man’s Sky came under some serious fire when it originally launched for PC and PS4 back in 2016. It was, unfortunately, a case of over ambitious developers showing off a game too early. Two years and three major updates later, the game is in much better shape. Now, alongside the fourth major update (titled NEXT) Hello Games are finally ready to grace Xbox gamers with a game that could be the closest to their original vision.
For those not in the know, No Man’s Sky is an action-adventure survival game, serving a procedurally generated galaxy that consists of roughly 18 quintillion planets. The aim of the game here is to reach the center of the galaxy and this can be completed in any number of way – most notably by gathering and trading resources to upgrade your ship and jump there as quickly as possible. Due to the sheer size of the game however, it is easy to get distracted and each planet can offer up a huge variety of intrigue and danger.
Since the original launch No Man’s Sky has added a huge number of features to flesh out the original barebones experience. Some of the biggest additions are… base building, creative mode, player owned starships, perma-death survival mode, new materials and resources, exploration vehicles, a campaign with procedurally generated missions and around 30 hours if dialogue and portals that allow you to travel between planets.
The Next update that launches alongside the Xbox One release will include the biggest changes yet…
• Enhanced environment generation, bringing planets to life in much more vibrant ways.
• Underwater base building as well as the ability to build a base absolutely anywhere.
• Customisable avatars
• Third person camera
• Freighter fleets and the ability to send fleets on missions
• Full multiplayer
• Co-op missions
• Enhanced visuals (even more enhanced on One X)
No Man’s Sky is available now for PC and PS4 and Xbox One today. It will be available right here for £39.99. All versions will see Next deliver a wonderful world of space exploration.
Inspired by the adventure and imagination that we love from classic science-fiction, No Man’s Sky presents you with a galaxy to explore, filled with unique planets and lifeforms, and constant danger and action. In No Man’s Sky, every star is the light of a distant sun, each orbited by planets filled with life, and you can go to any of them you choose. Fly smoothly from deep space to planetary surfaces, with no loading screens, and no limits. In this infinite procedurally generated universe, you’ll discover places and creatures that no other players have seen before – and perhaps never will again. Embark on an epic voyage At the centre of the galaxy lies a irresistible pulse which draws you on a journey towards it to learn the true nature of the cosmos. But, facing hostile creatures and fierce pirates, you’ll know that death comes at a cost, and survival will be down to the choices you make over how you upgrade your ship, your weapon and suit. Find your own destiny Your voyage through No Man’s Sky is up to you. Will you be a fighter, preying on the weak and taking their riches, or taking out pirates for their bounties? Power is yours if you upgrade your ship for speed and weaponry. Or a trader? Find rich resources on forgotten worlds and exploit them for the highest prices. Invest in more cargo space and you’ll reap huge rewards. Or perhaps an explorer? Go beyond the known frontier and discover places and things that no one has ever seen before. Upgrade your engines to jump ever farther, and strengthen your suit for survival in toxic environments that would kill the unwary. Share your journey The galaxy is a living, breathing place. Trade convoys travel between stars, factions vie for territory, pirates hunt the unwary, and the police are ever watching. Every other player lives in the same galaxy, and you can choose to share your discoveries with them on a map that spans known space. Perhaps you will see the results of their actions as well as your own…