No Man's Sky Atlas Rises update brings some significant changes

No Man's Sky Atlas Rises update brings some significant changes

No Man's Sky Atlas Rises update brings some significant changes

One year later, No Man's Sky is a better game but still lacks magic and mystery, so said our Chris earlier this week after returning to the open world space exploration sim. When we first heard about Atlas Rises, Hello Games chief Sean Murray spoke only briefly and in general terms about what it will include.

The update, titled "Atlas Rises", is the third major update since the game title was released.

Entitled Atlas Rises, the update introduces monumental changes and improvements to numerous game's systems, including 30 hours of entirely new story content, new missions, and a barebones form of online multiplayer.

We know multiplayer was a planned feature for No Man's Sky, with it being downplayed so close to launch that limited edition copies of the game had a multiplayer logo covered up by a sticker. It's good to see Hello Games hasn't given up on the idea of No Man's Sky and continues to add content and flesh out its procedurally-generated universe. A new interdimensional race have appeared, ancient portals have activated, and there's more depth to the lore and interactions in the game, letting you uncover the background to the Abandoned Building logs, the World of Glass, Sentinels and more.

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No Man's Sky Update 1.3 also introduces new worlds and "variety and visual quality of planetary biomes have been improved".

We're also seeing the beginning stages of a multiplayer system being put into place with Atlas Rising.

"Joint exploration" as it's being called, will allow up to 16 other players to enter a game, however they won't be as visible as you'd expect, rather they'll be floating orbs in amongst the universe. At some point in the future, we'll see synchronous co-op within No Man's Sky, and this is the first step toward that. While interaction is limited, players who run into one another will be able to communicate via proximity based voice chat.

You can read the full patch notes on the No Man's Sky website. The update has already gone live on both PlayStation 4 and PC, so if you're a lapsed No Man's Sky veteran, be sure to give it a look.

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