Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Are you ready for 30 more hours of No Man's Sky?

Are you ready for 30 more hours of No Man's Sky?

With the way joint exploration has been implemented, Atlas Rises is unlikely to attract new players to No Man's Sky, even those who are thirsty for more multiplayer. Hello Games is promising a brand new 1.3 update titled Rising Atlas with all new changes to trade and farming, freighters, exploration, and more.

If you spot odd floating orbs on a planet (like the ones above) they're actually other players.

You'll need to be in exactly the right places for this to happen however, so don't expect just to bump into people on the fly.

No Man's Sky's newest patch has just landed and it brings with it a whole heap of extra content. It includes 30 hours of newly contextualized and branching story ("the fabric of existence is starting to falter"), functional portals (their activation apparently has something to do with the arrival of a new race), completely overhauled galactic economics and conflict (star systems have economic classifications) and improved navigation, including your journey tracked from beginning to end instead of being systematically truncated. The new update will double the lore and interactions of the existing game and allow players to discover the truth behind the Abandoned Building logs, the World of Glass, the Sentinels, the Redemption of the Gek, and the meaning of sixteen...

The full list of new content is extensive and should go some way to address the issues many players had with the game following its launch a year ago.

If you come across another player when exploring in No Man's Sky, you won't be able to see their own universe or their interaction with the world as shared on reddit.

You've become part of the No Man's Sky origin story. There are also newly structured missions that offer subtle tasks the player can opt to perform, such as combat missions, delivery missions, and shipwreck salvage projects. There are also procedurally-generated missions and a form of multiplayer called Joint Exploration, where other players are represented as floating orbs. New NPC guilds will also be introduced. Yes, Hello Games has finally activated the massive black monoliths that can be found throughout No Man's Sky. Biomes have been made more diverse as well, so that you'll see a lot of variety on planets. Now, thanks to portals making traveling cross-galactic, players can be joined with small blue orbs of others to explore and play the game.

There's a lot more to this update, from new ship designs and UI updates to tweaks to space combat and the addition of terrain editing.

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