I really respect No Man’s Sky. I’ve always said it’s a game that I will defend to anyone, and if you’re one of the people who didn’t feel as though you were getting good value for money when it launched in 2016, I think it’s fair to say that the developer Hello Games has more than made up for it since.
I’m referring of course to the plethora of free updates which have been rolled out to players on the PS4, Xbox One and PC – some of which are so huge in scope (and file size!) that they almost turn the No Man’s Sky experience into a different game. The latest of these – Visions – lands today, and promises “a more varied, more diverse universe” with “new planetary biomes, more colourful worlds, new fauna and flora, archaeology, salvaging, and much more…”
So get that download going.
Now, if like me you live in a flat-share with an internet speed that harks back to the days of Pangaea, you’ll probably want to know if all the leering at the dreaded download bar is going to be worth it? I must admit, I haven’t tried the latest update as yet, but here’s a summary of some of the new features that Hello Games are bringing to the most relaxed procedurally-generated universe in the gamesphere. And I think it will be worth the wait 🙂
- New planet biomes. Simply put, this means a greater diversity of animal and plant life, and weather.
- On top of this, the planets themselves will feel more ‘alien’ with a “more diverse set of science fiction aesthetics.” You can also expect to see different shades of sky and grass on the NMS palette, as well as more water variation. Splashing.
- Stormy weather now produces rainbows – woo!
- A wealth of exotic artefacts now litter the universe, and can be unearthed and returned to base camp as mementos of your cosmic traversals. This includes ancient bones of alien lifeforms, as well as intact skeletons – which are “particularly rare and especially valuable” – and tons of scrap metal from fallen satellites. There is also a greater variety of crashed freighters for you to loot.
- If you’re feeling particularly brave and adventurous, you can jet-pack off in search of new crystal treasures, which exist only on the most hazardous planets and glow enticingly during the worst kind of weather. According to Hello Games, these can be “traded for a small fortune.” Kerching.
- And if the storms don’t kill ya, the new hazardous flora will. The developer has seeded the galaxy with germs of carnivorous trap plants and bloated gas flora, which promise to “snare the unwary and reward the cautious.”
- And it’s not just the plants that are after your blood. The Visions update also comes with sentient rocks, which will spring to life at the slightest whiff of a mining ray.
- Community missions have also seen an overhaul and now sharing their progress with all players, meaning it’s much easier for people to work together towards a common goal.
- Fireworks 😀 It has them.
So there we go – those are the main changes you can expect from the No Man’s Sky: Visions update. I’ve got a feeling that I’m still a few patches away from a phone box-shaped spacecraft that I can use to transcend the time vortex, but I’ve waited 21 years so I’m happy to hold on for a little longer.
And if you’ve yet to join the No Man’s Sky universe and are interested to see what all the fuss is about, you can help this website out by ordering your copy from one the links below 🙂
Oh and if you’re still unsure, check out my ‘Five Reasons to Love No Man’s Sky‘ feature.
Thanks for reading!