No Man’s Sky developer Hey Video games simply launched Atlas Rises, the third main replace for the house exploration recreation, on each PlayStation four and Home windows PC. Coming 367 days after No Man’s Sky launched, Atlas Rises seems like the sport’s greatest growth but. Important new components embrace a preliminary implementation of multiplayer options, 30 hours of story content material alongside a revamped quest system, the power to edit terrain, and an overhauled galactic economic system.
“This replace marks the one 12 months anniversary of No Man’s Sky, and loads has modified,” stated Hey Video games. “That is the subsequent step on our journey.”
As with the 2 earlier expansions to No Man’s Sky, November’s Foundation update and March’s Path Finder update, the Atlas Rises replace is stuffed with adjustments and fixes primarily based on group suggestions. No Man’s Sky gamers have lengthy been asking for options corresponding to the power to salvage crashed freighters, fly near planets’ surfaces and land a ship with out being mechanically ejected from the cockpit — they usually can now do all of these issues.
Hey Video games’ willingness to adapt to its followers’ wishes is noteworthy, notably as a result of a few of its post-launch adjustments to No Man’s Sky have appeared to contradict the studio’s authentic imaginative and prescient for a “chill recreation.” At launch, the sport was a comparatively directionless expertise. It quickly turned clear that almost all of gamers needed extra construction — or at the very least extra actions — and Hey Video games has responded in Atlas Rises with a brand new story. Right here’s the studio’s synopsis:
Within the Atlas Rises story, the material of existence is beginning to falter. A mysterious new interdimensional race have appeared. Glitches are inflicting historical portals to activate. […] Uncover the reality behind the Deserted Constructing logs, the World of Glass, the Sentinels, the Redemption of the Gek, and the which means of sixteen… After Waking Titan, Atlas Rises.
Hey Video games is promising “double the lore and interactions of the present recreation”; presumably, the brand new alien race will present a lot of that. The studio has carried out a correct quest system, together with new options to help it, corresponding to a communicator inside your ship that permits you to work together with characters even while you’re on the go. The developer has additionally expanded upon the present fetch-quest-style missions with “continuously generated” missions which might be “distinctive and rewarding.” And the method of build up your popularity with every alien race — in addition to different components of your progress by means of the sport — is now codified and tracked within the redesigned menu interface.
The Atlas Rises replace additionally brings extra selection to No Man’s Sky, simply because the Basis and Path Finder updates did. On this case, the adjustments are centered round planets and their biomes, with new “unique planet sorts” popping up as you strategy the galactic core. Atlas Rises additionally offers you the facility to alter planets your self: A brand new terrain manipulator permits you to sculpt the panorama with the Multi-Device. It really works “wherever on any planet,” and allows you to select from numerous supplies, sizes and shapes.
Whereas that’s a lonely pursuit, the Atlas Rises replace lastly introduces an incipient type of multiplayer motion, a function that had been perhaps the most controversial omission from No Man’s Sky. In the event you see glowing orbs floating close to you, that implies that different individuals are in your neighborhood. You possibly can talk with one another utilizing proximity-based voice chat, though it seems like there isn’t a lot to do apart from discover collectively. The sport at the moment helps as many as 16 gamers on this setup.
“Whereas interplay with others is at the moment very restricted, this is a vital first step into the world of synchronous co-op in No Man’s Sky,” stated Hey Video games. Presumably, then, true cooperative play is within the works, or at the very least within the playing cards.
The Atlas Rises replace introduces one other long-awaited function that can assist join individuals: portals. Sure, Hey Video games has lastly activated the massive black monoliths that may be discovered all through No Man’s Sky. Portals allow you to journey to different gamers’ bases and planets you’ve visited earlier than, and you may even use them to leap to a random new planet. The monoliths have their very own hieroglyphics, although, and also you’ll have to determine the language to grasp portal-based journey.
There’s but extra to find in Atlas Rises: graphical upgrades, a revamped economic system with a deeper buying and selling system, enhancements to dogfighting. Learn Hey Video games’ full patch notes for all the small print. And in case you had been pondering of leaping again into No Man’s Sky with Atlas Rises, the sport is on sale for $23.99 — 60 % off its common value of $59.99 — on GOG, the Humble Store, the PlayStation Store and Steam for the subsequent few days.