Update 1.3, Atlas Rises, brings a brand new and overhauled central storyline, portals, a new procedural mission system, trade improvements, system economies, joint exploration and more.
This update marks the one year anniversary of No Man’s Sky, and a lot has changed. Please see Pathfinder and Foundation for previous major updates. This is the next step on our journey.
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...
INTRODUCING THE FOUNDATION UPDATE
Welcome to the Foundation Update. It adds the foundations of base building, and is a foundation for things to come. This is the first of many free updates.
Explorers can now decide to play with different rule sets, across three game modes:
-Normal mode is the original chilled exploration experience
-Creative mode allows players to explore the universe without limits, and build a huge base
-Survival mode really changes the game, creating a much more challenging endurance experience
-Claim your home planet by finding an uninhabited base and creating your own, fully bespoke outpost.
-Construct your homestead for shelter, using modular structures and decorations, replicated from resources gathered while exploring
-Recruit alien lifeforms to help research new technology. Farming, engineer, weapons and science specialists are hirable from Space Stations
-Use Terminus Teleporters in Space Stations to teleport to and from your base at will
-Expand your base with storage containers to stockpile precious resources and rare products
-Find an even more beautiful location and you can simply dismantle your previous homestead to refund all of the spent resources
-Cultivate biome dependent crops outdoors, or inside your base or Freighter using Hydroponic Labs
-Plants grow over time and offer a steady supply of resources to be harvested
-Hire a farming specialist to research and grow ten new plant types, and discover new resource elements
-Players can now build essential equipment in the field on-planet
-Place save points anywhere in the world, crucial for Survival mode
-Automated Harvesters gather resources from mineral deposits in your absence
-Waypoints can be placed and colour-coded to allow explorers to return to discoveries
-Communications Terminals allow explorers to leave sub-space messages for others to find
-Discover nearby mineral deposits, uninhabited bases or suit upgrades with the use of a Signal Scanner
-Purchase huge interstellar Freighters at great expense, and then summon them from anywhere in the galaxy
-Resources can be teleported to your Freighter while on-planet, ideal for stockpiling goods for trading
-Customise the inside of your Freighter within the Base Building section
-Create extended cargo holds to expand your vessel’s capacity, and grow crops of rare resources on board
-Transport your Freighter and its cargo to different, more economically favourable systems to maximise your earnings
-Use the new recruitment system to crew your Freighter with Engineer, Farmer, Weapons and Science specialists to help research new technologies
NEW RESOURCES & TECHNOLOGY
-Discover new biome and star specific resource types as you explore the universe
-Craft the new Advanced Mining Laser and Hazmat gauntlets through base building and use them to gather rare resources
-Research and discover dozens of new products, building components and technologies
-The user interface has been improved to accommodate the stress of Survival Mode where a small inconvenience can be the difference between life and death.
-The intelligent Quick Access Menu streamlines Inventory access.
-Products can be stacked up to five times per inventory slot, resulting in increased starship, base container and freighter storage capacity
-New arrow indicators have been added to emphasise shield and life support changes more clearly, to aid decision making
-Scanned Primary resource elements have been given specific symbols to allow for easier differentiation
-View your current objective at any time quickly by pressing left on the D-Pad, or H on your keyboard
-The UI has been visually improved by removing colour tint and other artifacts
-Early warning indicators have been added to starship cockpits to notify explorers of inbound Pirate activity
-Red cockpit warnings indicate more clearly when Pulse Drive is unavailable
TAA & MOTION BLUR
-Motion blur has been added to accentuate the feeling of speed, particularly when in-flight. This can be switched on or off via the Options menu
-Temporal Anti Aliasing (TAA) removes jagged edges effectively and has been added as an option to improve visuals clarity
-Texture streaming can be enabled, allowing minimum spec PCs to run the game more smoothly (accessible from settings xml)
-Terrain generation and colourisation algorithms have been revised to produce more aesthetically interesting planets