Huge No Man's Sky Update Out Now

After announcing it earlier this week, Hello Games today launched a big new update for No Man's Sky. The Path Finder Update, as it's called, adds...
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    After announcing it earlier this week, Hello Games today launched a big new update for No Man's Sky. The Path Finder Update, as it's called, adds new vehicles, a permadeath mode, base-sharing, a ship and weapon specialization system, and PlayStation 4 Pro support, among other things.

    The update is detailed on the No Man's Sky website (via IGN) and through the announcement video below.

    With the update applied, No Man's Sky should look better than ever on all PS4s, as a number of new graphics features have been added. These include:

    • High and ultra resolution textures
    • More accurate Ambient Lighting
    • Horizon Based Ambient Occlusion
    • High contrast lighting effects
    • Crepuscular Rays from the Sun
    • Improved post-processing with several filter options
    • HDR mode for compatible monitors and televisions

    In terms of PS4 Pro-specific features, players can expect 4K resolution; this was the only PS4 Pro feature announced for No Man's Sky. Hello Games added that 4K rendering on PC is now "optimized."

    As for the base-sharing feature, as its name suggests, this lets players share their based across the internet. You can do this with Steam Workshop, which players can use to find and rate bases.

    The ship specialization feature is broken down into four categories: Shuttle, Fighter, Hauler, and Explorer. "Shuttles are all-rounders, Fighters specialise in combat, Haulers have expanded cargo holds, and Science vessels feature increased warp capabilities," Hello Games said.

    Additionally, all ships are now rated by class (A, B, C, or the rarest, S), while players now have the option of trading their current ship for a discount when buying a new one.


    Another big part of the Path Finder Update is the new Exocraft vehicles.

    "These land-based vehicles give new meaning to planetary navigation, combat, and mining--and can be summoned from anywhere on the planet they were constructed upon," Hello Games said.

    There are three of them: Nomad, Roamer, and Colossus. Each has different attributes; for example, the Colossus, the biggest one, is good for carrying a lot of cargo. They can also take part in another new feature: races. Players can make a course and create a time trial, then challenge others to beat it.


    Today's No Man's Sky patch also adds an ultra-challenging Permadeath mode. "The consequences of death will be absolute," Hello Games said. Additionally, the game's other super-tough mode, Survival, sees its difficulty further increased as well. "Dying in space will now restart you on the nearest planet's surface, away from your crashed ship," the studio said.

    New trophies for Permadeath and Survival modes have been added as well. The Path Finder Update also adds a photo mode, improvements to the Discovery menu, and a number of "quality of life" improvements such as NPC text now appearing faster; it can also be skipped. Additionally, the Mission Log now lets you track multiple tasks at once, while the UI has been made easier to read.

    This is just a sampling of what's new in the Path Finder Update. It's a massive update, go to the game's website to see a full rundown.

    Source: GameSpot

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  1. TheDivineZombie
    I'm glad to see they are finally releasing consistent updates for the game. Their lack of contact with the community after the release was very off putting. I felt as if they took their money (well what they had left after so many returns) and ran with it. Even with all these new features, the game is still too repetitive and has no real goal to work towards. I think Hello Games is on the right path; however, the game still requires a lot of core mechanic changes.
  2. Atlas
    The only reason I plan on hopping back on to check out this update and the previous update(s) is just because I don't like to hate on things before I try them. While I'm still fairly salty as to this game's launch and how the game was not described accurately, I will still hop back on it before I bash Hello Games' attempts to rectify the situation that is No Man's sky.
      Master likes this.
    1. Master
      I would wait for the review first.
  3. Master
    I doubt that the gaming community will respond kindly after the lies that they promised. Even with the update, this game is dead to me.
      Atlas and Sosuke Aizen like this.
  4. Sallos
    I bet the 5 people that still play this game are absolutely ecstatic for this update.
    1. KilluminatiStyle
      I'm right there with you but for some damn reason there are those out there that still defend this game and the liars that created it. I don't know what to say except "My Mind is Blown!"
    2. Mater MFC
      There are plenty of people that didn't feed in to the hype of pre launch No Man's Sky. I think the game is fantastic. If one didn't spend so much time fantasizing over what the game was supposed to be and played it for what it was and has become it is a good game.