No Man’s Sky Atlas Rises Update is Now Available; Adds 30 Hours of New Story Content, Lite Multiplayer, and More

Controversial (but popular) PS4 and PC game No Man's Sky from developer Hello Games gets another free update adding a ludicrous amount of new content.

on August 11, 2017 9:18 AM

Today, developer Hello Games released Update 1.3 for No Man’s Sky, dubbed Atlas Rises.

A massive update by modern industry standards, Atlas Rises brings a brand new and overhauled central storyline (one of the biggest criticisms of the game when it first launch almost a year ago), a new procedural mission system, trade improvements, lite multiplayer, system economies, and much more.

Following the footsteps of the Pathfinder and Foundation updates, Atlas Rises is almost more of an expansion than a mere update and marks the game’s one year anniversary.

Below, you can can view an extensive look at the monster update (via Hello Games), as well as view its patch notes here.

A NEW STORY

No Man’s Sky Atlas Rises Update is Now Available; Adds 30 Hours of New Story Content, Lite Multiplayer, and More

  • In the Atlas Rises story, the fabric of existence is starting
    to falter.
  • A mysterious new interdimensional race have appeared.
  • Glitches are causing ancient portals to activate.
  • Our story brings a new context, quest system and branching narrative to No Man’s Sky.
  • 30 hours of new story content.
  • Double the lore and interactions of the existing game.
  • Discover the truth behind the Abandoned Building logs, the World of Glass, the Sentinels, the Redemption of the Gek, and the meaning of sixteen…
  • After Waking Titan, Atlas Rises.

GALACTIC REGENERATION

No Man’s Sky Atlas Rises Update is Now Available; Adds 30 Hours of New Story Content, Lite Multiplayer, and More

  • A regenerated system adds wealtheconomy and conflict levels to star systems.
  • To control this the Galaxy Map has been overhauled, improving navigation
    and providing access to key information.
  • Install galactic technology to be able to filter the map by lifeform, wealth and economy.
  • Improved waypointing, and navigation allows you to see your journey so far, from beginning to end.

NEW WORLDS

  • The variety and visual quality of planetary biomes has been improved.
  • Explore rare new exotic planet types as you journey toward the galactic core.
No Man’s Sky Atlas Rises Update is Now Available; Adds 30 Hours of New Story Content, Lite Multiplayer, and More

CRASHED FREIGHTERS

  • Discover and scavenge lost cargo from gigantic crashed Freighters on planetary surfaces.
  • Use the terrain manipulator to excavate buried resources in the region.
  • Complete Salvage missions for Guild rewards.

No Man’s Sky Atlas Rises Update is Now Available; Adds 30 Hours of New Story Content, Lite Multiplayer, and More

MISSION SYSTEM

No Man’s Sky Atlas Rises Update is Now Available; Adds 30 Hours of New Story Content, Lite Multiplayer, and More

  • Visit the new Mission Agent in Space Stations to pick up unique and rewarding new tasks.
  • Missions are constantly generated, and cater to all play styles (scanning, trading, combat and exploration).
  • New NPC guilds have been introduced, each with standing and objectives.
  • Build your standing with numerous NPC guilds and unlock more difficult, more rewarding missions.

INTERSTELLAR TRADING

  • New economic variables bring new depth to trading between star systems.
  • Star systems are now classed based on their economic strengths and weaknesses.
  • New trade goods have been added. Meet supply and demand by purchasing goods at a low price, and hauling them
    to economically favourable systems.
  • A tiered crafting system allows increasingly valuable products to be crafted by combining harvestable materials.
  • Gas harvesters have been introduced, allowing explorers to extract valuable elements from a planet’s atmosphere
    to use in crafting.
  • Combine crafted products to create increasingly valuable items that can be sold on the Galactic Marketplace.
  • New maintenance interactions have been introduced for all harvesting equipment, bringing more depth to farming, mnining and harvesting.

ANALYSIS VISOR

No Man’s Sky Atlas Rises Update is Now Available; Adds 30 Hours of New Story Content, Lite Multiplayer, and More

  • Analysis Visors have been re-calibrated to show more information and offer better rewards for scanning.
  • Analyse resources before harvesting for to gain alternative resources from mining.
  • See more information about each discovery.
  • Scanning Flora and Fauna now yields increased rewards.
  • Specialised analysis visor upgrades can be equipped to further improve effectiveness.

USER INTERFACE

  • A new mission log allows you to view your pending missions, and to decide which to track.
  • The discovery page gives a clearer and visually improved view of your journey.
  • An in-game guide has been added, offering numerous gameplay explanations and tips, for new and returning explorers.
  • Journey milestone page has been updated to show progress toward guild specific milestones.

VISUAL IMPROVEMENTS

  • Depth of field has been added as an option in photo mode, as well as NPC interactions.
  • Numerous environmental props and assets have been improved with high resolution textures, making environments seem more high fidelity.

TERRAIN EDITING

  • Transform the ground beneath your feet using the new terrain editing Multi-Tool enhancement.
  • Add or remove terrain to mould the landscape as you see fit, anywhere on any planet.
  • Choose from a number of materials, shapes and sizes to sculpt your unique creations.
  • Form terrain around your base to make it feel like part of the environment.

PORTALS

No Man’s Sky Atlas Rises Update is Now Available; Adds 30 Hours of New Story Content, Lite Multiplayer, and More

  • Ancient portals can now be activated. Revisit previous planets, others bases or jump randomly to new worlds.
  • Learn the language of portals by unlocking mysterious glyphsas you journey through the universe.
  • Interact with a portal and input a specific combination of glyphs to quick travel to a specific planet.
  • Share glyph combinations with the community to help others travel quickly to specific planets and points of interest.

SPACE COMBAT

No Man’s Sky Atlas Rises Update is Now Available; Adds 30 Hours of New Story Content, Lite Multiplayer, and More

  • A number of improvements have been made to space flight and combat.
  • Enemy artificial intelligence has been overhauled, and new difficulties have been added.
  • Ship manoeuvrability has been improved, bringing more skill to dog-fighting.
  • Devastating rockets can be equipped to ships and upgraded for even greater firepower.
  • A new HUD has been introduced to improve the experience of space combat. This includes a communicator, which can be used to advance mission steps, or even to hail pirates before they attack.

LOW FLIGHT

  • Atmospheric low flight assist now allows players to cruise above the terrain.
  • Low flight and improved flight control make in-atmosphere dog fighting more likely and exciting.
  • Warning: crashing into obstacles will cause damage to your ship. If your ship is destroyed, you’ll need to repair it before leaving the planet.

No Man’s Sky Atlas Rises Update is Now Available; Adds 30 Hours of New Story Content, Lite Multiplayer, and More

JOINT EXPLORATION

  • Glitches in the simulation have begun to appear.
  • Visualised by strange floating orbs, up to 16 players can see and communicate with one another, and explore the universe together.
  • While interaction with others is currently very limited, this is an important first step into the world of synchronous co-op in No Man’s Sky.
  • While interaction is very limited, VOIP (Voice over IP) allows proximity based voice chat with other nearby explorers.
  • Use portals to quickly travel to more populated planets, or to meet up with friends.

NEW SHIPS

No Man’s Sky Atlas Rises Update is Now Available; Adds 30 Hours of New Story Content, Lite Multiplayer, and More

  • New Class S ship designs have been introduced, and can be found roaming the galaxy. Interact with their owners to view, and offer to buy their ship.
  • Wealthier systems have more expensive, higher class ships.

QUALITY OF LIFE

  • Temperature measurement has been converted from Celsius to Fahrenheit based on locale.
  • Summon your ship from anywhere on a planet’s surface using your quick menu.
  • Specific Technology and Cargo inventories have been added to improve inventory management.
  • Playstation 4 players can now adjust their field of view via the options menu.
  • Jump between systems from the comfort of your Freighter. Just interact with the hologram on your bridge, and select a location to travel to.
  • Landing your ship no longer auto-ejects you from the cockpit. Take time to survey the planet before exiting.

No Man’s Sky is available on PS4 and PC both digitally and at retail. There has currently been no word of the title coming to other platforms, such as Nintendo Switch or Xbox One.

 

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