No Man’s Sky’s massive Day One Update overhauls the entire game

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Hello Games has released the details of the No Man’s Sky Day One update, which reshapes core features of the game.

The highly-anticipated game has been in the spotlight recently, following rumours of legal issues and controversial reviews of leaked game builds.

Sean Murray, founder of Hello Games and creator of No Man’s Sky, has urged players who have somehow obtained a copy of the game prior to its official launch to not play the game, as the experience will be vastly different after the update is implemented.

The Day One update for No Man’s Sky makes several game-changing features, including much larger galaxies and progression changes.

Check out some of the major changes below:

  • The Three Paths – there are now new, unique “paths” you can follow throughout the game. You must start the game on a fresh save, with the patch, as early choices have significant impact on what you see later in the game, and the overall experience.
  • The Universe – we changed the rules of the universe generation algorithm. Planets have moved. Environments have changed biomes. Galaxies have altered shape. All to create greater variety earlier. Galaxies are now up to 10x larger.
  • Planets – we’ve added dead moons, low atmosphere and extreme hazardous planets. Extreme hazards include blizzards and dust storms.
  • Ship diversity – a wider variety of ships appear per star system, and are available to purchase. Cargo and installed technology now vary more, and ships have more unique attributes.
  • Inventory – ship inventories now store 5 times more resources per slot. Suit inventories now store 2.5 times more per slot. This encourages exploration and gives freedom from the beginning.
  • Trading – trading is deeper. Star systems and planets each have their own wants and needs, based off a galactic economy. Observing these is the key to successful trading.
  • Balancing – several hundred upgrades have had stat changes (mainly exo-suit and ship, but also weapon), new upgrades have been added.
  • Exploits – infinite warp cell exploit and rare goods trading exploit among other removed.
  • Writing – The Atlas path has been rewritten by James Swallow (writer on Deus Ex) and Sean Murray.

The development team is continuing to work on upcoming features, such as base building and improved graphics.

More details on No Man’s Sky’s Day One update are available here.

No Man’s Sky will be available on 9 August for PS4, and 12 August for PC.

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