No Man's Sky Update Adds Multiplayer, 30 Extra Hours of Story

No Man's Sky Atlas Rises update 1.3

In celebration of the one-year anniversary of No Man's Sky, developer Hello Games has just released the most substantial update that the game has ever seen.

For one thing, there's now much more story in the game, to the tune of 30 hours of new content. Players near each other can talk over voice chat, but they can't interact in any other way and can only see up to 16 other players at a time.

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.

Hello Games wrote, "While interaction with others is now very limited, this is an important first step into the world of synchronous co-op in No Man's Sky".

As for the story campaign, this will focus on a brand new race which will introduce a new context, quest system, as well as a branching narrative to the game. Players can now explore rare new exotic planet types as they journey toward the galactic core, discover and scavenge lost cargo from huge crashed Freighters on planetary surfaces, use the terrain manipulator to excavate buried resources in the region, and complete Salvage missions for Guild rewards. You can view the full extent of the update over on the official website, which definitely is a long read.

Visit the new Mission Agent in Space Stations to pick up unique and rewarding new tasks.

When No Man's Sky first released, I wasn't really sure what it was, or what it was trying to be, but I found a way to have fun with it.

Other improvements include updated visuals, interstellar trading, freighter navigation, levels of conflict in various systems, and planet biomes.

While much of the leaked information was expected based on Murray's previous email to fans, the discovery of a patch notes section titled "Joint Exploration" suggests that multiplayer gameplay is finally being added to the title.

Transform the ground beneath your feet using the new terrain editing Multi-Tool enhancement. But no, joint exploration turns out to be actual (if rudimentary) cooperative play, in which players physically float around next to each other, and can explore the galaxy together.

It's been a rough year for No Man's Sky. It has now been brought to our notice that PlayStation Plus subscription is not needed for the Joint Exploration in No Man's Sky.

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