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1 month ago

No Man’s Sky goes ‘full multiplayer’ next week

Quite large space jaunt No Man’s Sky is getting an update next week that adds a "full multiplayer experience" to the game, allowing players to help and hurt one another across the procedural planets. No Man’s Sky Next is the biggest update to the game since its release two years ago, say developers Hello Games. We’ve already been told it was incoming but now we…

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2 months ago

Feature: Everyman's sky?

What does multiplayer mean for No Man’s Sky’s spectral civilisations?

Some folk sure held a grudge over No Man’s Sky, huh? It’s two years later, and you’d still be hard-pressed to find anything on that game not followed by a few souls still screaming at the void about “lying developers”. Not that I expect the conversation to change - first impressions leave stubborn stains - but, next month, No Man’s Sky will finally let you…

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3 months ago

No Man’s Sky adding multiplayer in July

Colourful space explore-o-survival sandbox No Man's Sky will add multiplayer with the free 'Next' update in July, developers Hello Games announced today. Spacemen will get to explore together, wander together, pootle together, fly together, race together, battle together, build bases together, bump into each other around space, and even murder each other if they're feeling monstrous. Ah, time to dust off the ol' spaceship and…

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6 months ago

Feature: Update Night

Has No Man’s Sky been improved by its updates?

Update Night is a fortnightly column in which Rich McCormick revisits games to find out whether they've been changed for better or worse. I died fifty times before I felt the hand of god. Trapped on an unbearably hot world in No Man’s Sky’s survival mode, I died to the teeth of a stubby legged Tyrannosaur. I died to a roving band of sentinel robots, upset…

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10 months ago

No Man’s Sky adds save slots, improves quality of space-life

Another day, another No Man's Sky [official site] update. Hello Games have had their noses to the space-grindstone ever since launch, with the recent Atlas Rises (1.30) update bringing enormous changes to the procedurally generated space-sim sandbox. This Tuesday, they rolled out another update, and a slew of minor changes. Patch, 1.38, (full notes here) gives top billing to save system improvements, expanding the number of…

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11 months ago

Feature: It's changed, man

Have You Played… No Man’s Sky?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. No Man's Sky has changed a great deal since the initial release, switching from a pure, lonely exploration experience to a game with base building, harder survival-based modes, rudimentary multiplayer and a lot more. I still prefer that original lonely exploration, though.

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No Man’s Sky adds new default ship controls for PC

No Man's Sky [official site] patch 1.37 has added a new (but toggle-able so therefore optional) ship control scheme for mouse and keyboard. Hello Games say: "This option can be toggled, and changes ship controls to be cursor based, meaning you'll be able to direct your ship easily using your mouse". Pip says: "I just booted up the game and hopped in my ship, immediately…

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12 months ago

Feature: The universe on its shoulders

With Atlas Rises, it’s worth returning to No Man’s Sky

Hello Games are in a deeply unenviable position. In the wake of No Man's Sky's [official site] release with its waterfall of unkept promises, to me it seems the studio is trapped in the Sisyphean task of trying to tweak, patch, update and amend their game until it can meet the impossible imagined version created by the combined efforts of its developers and its players.…

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1 year ago

No Man’s Sky tiptoes towards co-op play with Atlas Rises

UPDATE: Atlas Rises is out now and is 4GB - so says the download my Steam account is currently doing! Did you know that I still play No Man's Sky [official site]? I started a new save recently with the intention of building a base and following the storyline and possibly having a greenhouse and then ended up ignoring all of the above and instead…

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No Man’s Sky: How photo mode changes the game

The latest chunky update for No Man's Sky [official site] added a lot of things that are probably Of Interest to other people and a brand new, totally overhauled and significantly fleshed-out photo mode which is of interest to me. The mode was created in collaboration with Duncan Harris, whose awesome screenshot art you might know from Dead End Thrills and thus is far more…

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No Man’s Sky devs launching fund for proc gen games

After trapping a galaxy inside a computer using maths, No Man's Sky developers Hello Games are launching an initiative to fund and support other devs' wild dreams of procedural worlds. With first-hand experience of risking running out of money while working on something they loved, they'd like to help other folks working with procedural generation and experimental games research. 'Hello Labs', as they call it,…

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No Man’s Sky’s Path Finder update brings rovers, base sharing, permadeath, a brand new photo mode…

Oh blimey. Hello Games is releasing the Path Finder update for No Man's Sky [official site] today. Alice? ALICE? ALIIIIIIIICE? Alice, there doesn't seem to be a bicycle but there are a selection of planetary rover-type things called exocraft. No bells as far as I can tell, though. There's also the potential to visit other people's bases if popping over for a space visit is…

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Ring ring! No Man’s Sky adding new vehicle this week

A new vehicle will land in No Man's Sky [official site] this week as part of the 'Path Finder' update, Hello Games have announced. They say this mysterious vehicle "will aid home planet exploration" and we're adamant that it should be a bicycle. Space car? No thanks. Space hovercraft? Nuh uh. Please may we have a bicycle. Space bicycle? No. Earth bicycle. With a bell.…

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2 years ago

No Man’s Sky getting another small bugfixing patch

No Man's Sky [official site] received its first major content update this past weekend, adding base building, farming and more to the maligned procedural space sim. Before that however there had been a bunch of smaller bugfixing patches release for the game - nine, I think? - and now it's receiving yet another. The small patch is currently available on the game's experimental branch and…

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Notes On A Patch: Is No Man’s Sky a better game now?

Back in September, when I was deep in the throes of my obsessional relationship with the peculiar No Man's Sky, I wrote a Supporter post describing my dream patch notes. Clearly, when so many people have chosen to invest their misplaced personal anguish into the game, the spluttered response would be, "Well, pffpffpffff, how about NOT [MAKE A GAME UNLIKE THE GAME I WAS EXPECTING],"…

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No Man’s Sky advertising complaint not upheld by ASA

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority has decided not to uphold the complaints against No Man's Sky's Steam page. The regulatory body announced they were investigating the complaints in September but after consultation with both Valve and developers Hello Games they're satisfied that the trailers, screenshots and text desriptions on the game's Steam page did not breach the advertising code. I am not entirely satisfied.

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Feature: Farming and freighters ahoy

No Man’s Sky Foundation update: mostly about that base

No Man's Sky's [official site] Foundation update was released over the weekend bringing base-building, different game modes, farming, freighters (kind of mobile resource warehouses), new resources, UI tweaks and so on. It's a massive update, both in terms of what it brings and also in the sense that it feels like it changes the nature of the game. Previously it was this nomadic planet roamer…

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No Man’s Sky base-building update this week

Hello Games have announced a major update for No Man's Sky [official site], to be released this week. Called the Foundation Update perhaps for Asimovian reasons, but mainly because it adds "the foundations of base building, and also because this is putting in place a foundation for things to come", it apparently won't be the biggest update for the game, but it'll certainly be the…

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ASA Investigating No Man’s Sky’s Steam Advertising

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority is investigating No Man's Sky. An RPS source filed complaints to the ASA regarding the trailers and screenshots used to sell No Man's Sky on Steam, arguing that they are unrepresentative of the product being sold. That source - and the ASA have confirmed to us - that the regulator agrees and has contacted both Valve and No Man's Sky…

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