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Satisfactory's huge update 4 is available now, adds hoverpacks, drones and lots more

Stuff-packed game gets more stuff

Factory building game Satisfactory's major new update is available to play now. It adds a ton of major new features, including hoverpacks, drones, lighting, and a particle accelerator, alongside dozens more small tweaks and quality-of-life updates.

The game's community managers run through the major changes in this video:

There are also a bunch of feature teaser trailers on the game's YouTube channel, but none of them can compare to the update 3 trailer, which is the only videogame patch trailer to give me chills.

Update 4 adds too many features for to neatly summarise, even if I just focus on the flashiest. Let's try, anyway. Hoverpacks are designed to make it easier to move around your base and survey your sprawling creations; drones help quickly move small amounts of resources around; lighting brightens up indoor and outdoor areas and can be customised if you'd like to bathe everything in purple; and particle accelerators form part of an re-work of tier 7 and 8 tech upgrades and the nuclear tools you can play with it.

You can find the complete patch notes over on Reddit, which includes all the UI changes and quality-of-life tweaks as well. People seem very excited about the ability to copy-paste building settings. I've not played Satisfactory, but I've played enough games like it to know how small additions like that can make a huge difference.

Satisfactory's update 4 will launch officially on April 13th, but is available to play now on the Epic Games Store and on Steam via the game's experimental branch.

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