It’s been a year since the ambitious No Man’s Sky was released on PS4, you could say the game has had mixed fortunes with a lot of players deeply upset that the game wasn’t actually what was promised. Poor old Sean Murray has been through it, but to his credit him and his team at Hello Games are still busy working away on free updates. The latest, version 1.03 is to be called Atlas Rises.
The patch notes have yet to be released, we are told that they will be released when the patch goes live some time this week. But, in an email, Sean Murray did reveal two of the improvements. The first being the ability fast travel via portals and the other is improvements to the story.
Whether this is enough to make gamers jump back in I’m not sure. What I personally would like is the time it takes to get to planets to be reduced dramatically. In the demos at E3, Sean took off in a ship an in a matter of seconds he was in the orbit of another planet. That’s what got me hooked. Instead it takes literal days (if you choose not to use hyper space) but even when you do it takes way too long.
Anyway, here is the full email from Sean
Hello Citizen Scientists,
It’s been a year since No Man’s Sky first released, and it’s been an exciting, intense and emotional year for us at Hello Games. We have been quiet, but we have been listening intently.
We’ve spent that year working hard on free updates for this game our team cares about so much.
Update 1.3 will release this week and will be available for free to all No Man’s Sky players. We’re calling it Atlas Rises. It focuses on improving the central story of No Man’s Sky and adds the ability to quick travel between locations using portals. Patch notes will be made available shortly before the update goes live.
What we do is much more important than what we say, but since launch we have sometimes focused too much on that.
We wanted to reach out and celebrate the devoted community that means so much to us. We launched Waking Titan to try to do that.
When we posted those cassettes we didn’t know what to expect. In the last eight weeks a quarter of a million players from across the globe (174 countries, to be precise!) have come together – united by a shared love of mystery and science fiction – to form the Citizen Science Division. You’ve travelled great distances both real and virtual, undertaken complex tasks, and explored the depths of simulation theory. New friendships have been forged, and a tight-knit community has been created. Most importantly a cute hamster has a new home.
You’ve become part of the No Man’s Sky origin story. It’s been an honour to watch, but this is just the beginning. Whether you’ve followed Waking Titan or not, we welcome anyone to sign up to the Citizen Science Division, and to join us on the official CSD forums.
Our journey continues. Thank you for this year. We hope you enjoy what comes next.