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No Man’s Sky resurfaces with feature rich “Foundation Update”

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No Man's Sky Freighters

Let’s not beat around the bush. When No Man’s Sky released in August, after years of anticipation, demos and interviews, it was almost unanimously a disappointment. It wasn’t that the game was inherently bad (I still maintain that its premise is fascinating), it’s that many features that developers Hello Games touted on stage at press conferences and showings never made it in. Games change over development, but consumers felt like they were sold on a lie. And Hello Games seems to agree to some extent – otherwise the Foundation Update would never happen.

Released as the foundation for more features in the near future, the Foundation Update adds in a host of features that Hello Games had previously spoken about in the past (along with some brand new fixes to existing problems). The update features Base Building, which will allow you to establish a home base on a planet of your choosing. You’ll build it up, recruit alien races to your cause and establish mineral mining installations to help you keep grinding when you aren’t tearing a planet up with your laser.

Additionally, No man’s Sky will now feature freighters – hulking ships that players will be able to purchase to additionally stockpile resources. Players will be able to teleport resources to their freighter directly from their inventory, which features its own set of enhancements (minerals now stack. Yay!). There’re also some smaller tweaks, like UI enhancements, additional waypoint functionality, space messages in a bottle and new resources to find. There’s a staggering amount of content for a single patch really, which the official page summarises nicely.

But if words aren’t your thing (and you’d rather see things in action), Hello Games released a new video showing off much of the functionality yesterday.

Developer Sean Murray also sort of explained why he and his team have been on radio silence ever since the game launched. Speaking exclusively about the Foundation Update, the developer explained that the last few months have been hard on him and his team. He reiterated that they’re working tirelessly on making No Man’s Sky the game that they promised it would be, but feels the need to exercise restraint in promising what the future might hold (for obvious reasons).

Whether you feel inclined to return or not, it’s a much more positive response that I even expected from Hello Games at this point. And personally, I’m excited to give these new features a shot. Many of them fix some of the major gripes I had with the game. And with an endless universe still to explore, there’s possibly a new adventure to be had with the future of No Man’s Sky.

Last Updated: November 28, 2016


  1. Kromas Ryder

    November 28, 2016 at 07:36

    Wow a spike in active players from 1 to 50. What a comeback. 😛


  2. Admiral Chief Argonian

    November 28, 2016 at 07:46

    • Shadowblade Tokashi

      November 28, 2016 at 07:55

      I have not played it yet 😉 so by the time it is on a 75% sale, I will enjoy it in it’s full glory … it does not have a multiplayer anyway, so I am not behind anything 😉


      • Captain JJ

        November 28, 2016 at 08:55

        Yea. I feel the same. An old game is a brand new one to someone who hasn’t played it yet. And at 75% it should sit at the right price for what it offers.


        • b1nd3r

          November 28, 2016 at 12:28

          Exact reason why i got this game refunded, it has potential but the lies got it refunded instantly. will pick this up when its 75% or more off. just because fuck that guy and his lies


  3. Magoo

    November 28, 2016 at 07:49

    Did I miss the WD2 giveaway? Who won? 😐


    • Admiral Chief Argonian

      November 28, 2016 at 08:13

      Arround mid-day today is the announcement, may the odds be ever in your random.org favour


      • Magoo

        November 28, 2016 at 08:31

        I’m sorry, I got off my lazy ass and looked it up. Thought the draw was supposed to be Friday but I see now it’s today. Edited my comment so I didn’t look like a dumbass.


        • Admiral Chief Argonian

          November 28, 2016 at 08:53

          And now, we all know how ‘lazzy’ you are 😛


  4. Shadowblade Tokashi

    November 28, 2016 at 07:54

    I think Hello Gamers told Sean Murray to SHUT THE F*** UP until they release the patch notes and they told him if he say anything before QA has been completed they pull his finger nails out and cut his tongue out!


  5. Original Heretic

    November 28, 2016 at 08:09

    Haven’t played it, but have obviously read and heard a lot about it.
    There is so much potential in this game and it now looks like it’s starting to deliver.

    Still, I think a sequel would be much, much better.


    • Allykhat

      November 28, 2016 at 08:36

      No, a sequel would be catastrophic for the game and studio at this point. Because I can guarantee you that a large majority of players who bought the game initially would not buy a sequel. I am one of those people.

      Yes this update is a step in the right direction, but there is still some major things wrong with the game. We will need a few more major updates like this with content before the game gets to a point where I don’t feel robbed out of my money.


      • Original Heretic

        November 28, 2016 at 08:44

        Yeah, agree, right now a sequel is bad news for them. I meant a sequel in the future. Like, a couple years’ time.
        They’ll be able to add in a few patches to the current game, expanding it, making it more enjoyable.

        But to truly create the game they wanted to make in the first place, I really think it’ll have to be a sequel.
        Or they must call it something else entirely and use NMS as the template.

        As Sandy said in the article, there’s so much potential for a game like this.


        • Allykhat

          November 28, 2016 at 08:52

          Fair enough, there is a lot of potential, and to be honest, if the Devs were honest from the get-go, players would have taken it a lot better.

          If they told me straight off, this is what you will be getting at launch, this at update 1, this at update 2, etc I would have felt a lot better because then I know what is coming.

          The game launched, Devs go radio silent and we have a shadow of the game they marketted. NMS in it’s current state is basically an Early Access build that we paid for. We finally get an update for the game and comms from Sean, and the future of the game is still unknown. They’ve told us Foundation is just that, and there are bigger updates in the works, BUT, they lied about what was in the game initially, so why should we believe them now?


  6. Ottokie

    November 28, 2016 at 08:10

    Can I build that base with a friend? no?…ok



  7. Captain JJ

    November 28, 2016 at 08:54

    Saw the patch show up yesterday in Steam’s news feed. Looks interesting. In a few months and at a decent sale, this game might really be worth picking up.


  8. 40 Insane Frogs

    November 28, 2016 at 10:48

    Now that’s what you call an update. I might be the only one (including OVG) that enjoyed No man sky.


  9. Aries

    November 28, 2016 at 11:03

    Its probably not like that in game


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