No Man’s Sky has suffered a difficult weekend. On top of reports pointing towards some services offering no questions asked refunds on the game, many players were shocked to discover a core part of the already severely limited title to be completely broken. It seemed that No Man’s Sky was deleting player-made discoveries and naming changes, which took a lot of the sting out of already bland exploration.
Popping up first on Reddit (and via ShackNews), several No Man’s Sky players were journeying back to some of their starting systems, only to discover that they had been reverted back to their original states. No animal, plant or planet name changes had been saved, which made user Dark_Nexis question what the point of the feature was in he first place.
“I check a few neighbouring stars I discovered and their discovers were wiped. So none of my named animals plants were ever saved. The system name and planet names were saved but everything else was wiped.”
He wasn’t the only player noticing this, and soon the Reddit thread was full of player complaints and theories as to why this might be happening. While some thought it was just a bug, others (myself included) theorised that it had to do with design instead. How No Man’s Sky is storing all this data is a mystery, so the game might have been deleting some of it in order to conserve space. Turns out the former was on the money.
A few hours later, Dark_Nexis reported back that his discoveries were appearing once again, and that the issue had completely resolved itself. It seems like that when he happened to go back the servers were under strain, delaying or otherwise breaking the data fetching required to repopulate his planets with his discoveries. Thankfully the issue eventually disappeared, calming some of the anger around yet another feature that was thought to have been smoke and mirrors.
“It seems a little bugged where as you get further and further away from your starting point you can’t see your old discoveries even when you find your way back. It’s like the server lags behind big time and takes a while to find the old information.”
So don’t fret about all the hours you’ve spent renaming all of your discoveries. They’re still there, intact for someone to hopefully happen upon one day. It’s not like No Man’s Sky doesn’t have other massive issues to sort out first anyway.
Last Updated: August 29, 2016
August 29, 2016 at 11:00
I’m still playing it. I like just flying around a planet and moving between planets, but the joy of doing that is fading quickly. The idea is probably just to discover, but when there is virtually fuckall to discover, it leaves me wanting. I keep thinking of the potential is still has. For instance finding something worth exploring like a desolate city with some real danger. Or a giant ship either floating in space or crashed on some strange planet. Now it’s simply going from one colourful LSD trip into the next. It’s procedurally generated boredom.
August 29, 2016 at 11:04
Nice, this was one of the main reasons why I deleted it and requested a refund but now that it’s proven as false. I don’t mind not getting a refund but I don’t think I’ll reinstall till other issues have been resolved like my game constantly crashing or more content that’s worthwhile.
The Order of the Banana
August 29, 2016 at 11:27
Hahahahah! This game and the whining (about the game from PC gamers, the press and random folk) have been awesome.