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No Man’s Sky is getting a big update with the Atlas Rises patch this week

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A week after launch, and No Man’s Sky pretty much became a pariah in the gaming community. A grand space epic of exploration and new frontiers was promised, but the initial foray into galaxies filled with planets named after your mom felt less than complete upon its first activation. Was some of the criticism for No Man’s Sky absolutely deserved? Absolutely, but it was criticism that Hello Games took to heart over the months.

The No Man’s Sky of 2017 is a far different game, one that has had several substantial updates over the last couple of months to at least offer a heftier experience. Recent patches have added survival modes, made space conflict more interesting and a stack of cool new vehicles to potter around with in custom-built bases.

This week No Man’s Sky is going to add some more weight to its feature list with Update 1.3 that the Walking Titan AR game has been teasing. Redditor Galasniper provided a list of details that were revealed in an email for the Atlas Rises patch. “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,” Hello Games boss Sean Murray wrote to players.

It focuses on improving the central story of No Man’s Sky and adds the ability to quick travel between locations using portals. We have been quiet, but we have been listening intently. What we do is much more important than what we say, but since launch we have sometimes focused too much on [doing rather than saying].

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.

That’s a big update, one that makes travel between your discoveries that little bit easier for fans who have had an axe to grind over the lack of being to do just that. I still think No Man’s Sky is a very specific cup of tea, but it is one that has been able to draw more from its teabag since it launched last year. Its got more flavour and it’s closer to the game that we all dreamt of it being.

Last Updated: August 10, 2017


  1. Ottokie

    August 10, 2017 at 09:10

    And still no online Co Op, or any online features… as promised ey Murray?


  2. HairyEwok

    August 10, 2017 at 09:18

    Even with these updates coming out and giving the game more structure and playability, I still cant see myself enjoying this game if played alone.


  3. Magoo

    August 10, 2017 at 09:21

    Ohhhhhh there you’ve gone and said the N-word..


  4. Original Heretic

    August 10, 2017 at 09:26

    It’s getting closer and closer to be a really interesting game. Maybe by the time Star Citizen is released, NMS will be awesome.


    • RinceThis

      August 10, 2017 at 10:29



    • Chuckles von Clausewitz III

      August 10, 2017 at 14:27

      lol Star Citizen is never being released! It’s like Half Life 3.


  5. Kromas Ryder

    August 10, 2017 at 10:04

    Wow a quarter of a million players still play this game? That is not what the steam charts are saying. When will Murray stop lying?


  6. Chuckles von Clausewitz III

    August 10, 2017 at 14:27

    I ended up platinuming it after the last big update (the one that added base building and a rover), so I’m keen to revisit it after this patch. Good work Hello Games! Keep up with the new content!


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