Stay on target
It’s been three months since pretty much anyone has heard from Hello Games, the studio behind what has widely been considered one of this year’s biggest disappointments: No Man’s Sky. Many thought that the developers were trying to take their money and run, but as of Sunday, the “Foundation Update” is live and…. It’s got quite a bit going for it.
For starters, it adds in base building, meaning that at least one of the biggest promised features is… now actually in the game. But that’s just the beginning. There’s now three main modes — one that is essentially unchanged from the base game, Creative mode, which lets players explore without worrying about combat or resources, and Survival mode, which makes the game, much harder.
To accompany the Foundation update, Hello Games posted a trailer showing off their biggest changes. In addition to expansive, modular bases and shelter, you can cultivate crops, set-up automated resource gathering, and hire on underlings to help you staff your base. Plus, you can even buy massive interstellar freighters and trade with far-off systems.
Additionally, everything from the basic user interface down to planet creation has been upgraded. There are now more different kinds of creatures, tons of bug fixes, more different atmospheres, enhanced space combat, and a deeper trade and freight system. Most of these changes are minor, but they’re also direct responses to the complaints that many fans have been leveling since release. In a blog post on its website, Hello Games said that it was committed to continuing to support No Man’s Sky in the coming months and years.
“In the nine weeks since [launch],” the post reads, “Our small team has been hard at work on development, testing and certification for the Foundation Update. It won’t be our biggest update, but it is the start of something. The discussion around No Man’s Sky since release has been intense and dramatic. We have been quiet, but we are listening and focusing on improving the game that our team loves and feels so passionately about. Positive or negative feedback, you have been heard, and that will truly help to make this a better game for everyone. This update will be the first small step in a longer journey. We hope you can join us.”
While it’s still not quite what many fans hoped to have at launch, even the notoriously noxious No Man’s Sky subreddit seems to be reacting well, with the consensus that this update is a huge step in the right direction. Indeed, it is really impressive to see just how much the team has managed to pack in since launch, and if they keep their word and continue releasing these large content packs — especially if they’re free — we very well might see No Man’s Sky blossom into the space exploration sim we all hoped it would be.
The Foundation Update should be live for everyone by the end of the week.