Hello Games has released the new “Atlas Rises” update for No Man’s Sky, adding a bunch of new features to it. Here’s what exploring the galaxy is like now.
Say what you will about the state No Man’s Sky launched in, and what the developers had said about it before it launched, but there’s no denying that Hello Games has been surprisingly committed to the game. The game released almost exactly a year ago, and over that time it’s accrued a series of free updates that have improved the game substantially. The biggest of the updates launched today, and it’s a bit of a big one.
Titled ‘Atlas Rises’, the new update adds a fresh new storyline that’s expected to last 30 hours. It features twice as much story content as what the original game shipped with, and has a branching narrative.
Apart from that, there’s a graphical overhaul with better-looking textures making for prettier planets and sexier systems. Biomes have been made more diverse as well, so that you’ll see a lot of variety on planets.
Perhaps the most exciting addition in the update is the inclusion of actual multiplayer, which was a feature the developers had repeatedly touted pre-release, only for it to be missing when the game came out. Now it’s here, and you can go exploring the planets alongside your friends, who will show up as orbs. Hello Games does point out that this is purely a first step towards proper co-op.
And that’s not all! There’s now a mission system, new ships, interstellar trading and oh so much more. Check it out on the official blog post, and also check out the update’s trailer below.
Before this update came out, we were too busy being snarky about the game by comparing it to the extremely similar Morphite. If you prefer your explorations to be terrestrial and tinged with a dose of dinosaurs, check out ARK: Survival Evolved.