No Man’s Sky is a truly massive game, but it was made by a truly tiny team of just 13 people. No wonder they weren’t quite done on time. To enjoy the final, finished version of the game on PS4, you’ll need to download an 824MB update.
Here’s what that update – v1.03 if we’re being precise – adds to No Man’s Sky.
3 unique story paths
Thought NMS was just a giant sci-fi sandbox with no real purpose? Wrong – especially since the patch adds three story paths.
Your “early choices have significant impact on what you see later in the game, and the overall experience”, say developers Hello Games.
What are these story paths? We have no idea, but we’re looking forward to finding out.
With 18 quintillion planets, all with different creatures and plants and landscapes, the No Man’s Sky you’ve seen was already pretty diverse. In fact, check out our gallery of some of the best discoveries made in the game so far.
But with the game update, you can expect…
- More kinds of creatures
- More variety among planets, earlier in the game
- Bigger caves, mountains and geographic anomalies
Advanced space combat
“Advanced techniques have been introduced, like brake drifting and critical hits”, say Hello Games. “Bounty missions and larger battles now occur. Pirate frequency has been increased, as well as difficulty depending on your cargo.”
Even better visuals
No Man’s Sky has an amazing visual style, and its graphics get even better with the launch patch. You might notice:
- Better lighting and texture resolution
- Improved shadow quality
- Reduced pop-in and artefacts
The full list of game additions is in Hello Games’ post.
What an exciting time to be a gamer. Share your thoughts on the No Man’s Sky patch below, or tweet us at @consoledeals. We’ve got a whole universe to explore!