One of our biggest surprises in 2021 has been the popularity of Expeditions. It’s been absolutely lovely to watch folks play No Man’s Sky in new ways (like working together to escape a hellish planet, which prompted this lovely Eurogamer article), and to surprise players with unexpected rewards (like the moment the Normandy from Mass Effect warped into No Man’s Sky for the first time in Beachhead).
We have always wanted starting a new expedition to be an exciting refresher, a way for experienced players to find a new perspective on No Man’s Sky, or for new players to find a part of the universe they hadn’t yet experienced. But this very busy year, and the limited-time nature of the expeditions, has meant that it has been difficult for some people to participate in them.
As a one off, we wanted to give people who missed out on any of this year’s expeditions another chance to experience the unique challenges and rewards they offered over this Thanksgiving and Christmas period, when life slows down a bit and hopefully gives us all more free time! We’ve even managed to bring back the Normandy as a reward for those who missed out, which I know so many have asked for.
We’ll be starting on the 24th November with another opportunity to play Pioneers, the very first expedition. Starting an expedition is as simple as starting a new game. Instead of loading a save, choose Community Expedition from the mode select screen and begin your journey!
Alongside the expedition, we are also releasing a small update with a number of bug fixes and quality of life improvements. See below for the full patch notes.
Each expedition will run for two weeks, and they have been tweaked to account for this shorter time window. Each expedition has also been given a new starting planet and route through the galaxy. They will run back-to-back, as follows:
Expedition 1 (Pioneers): 24th November – 7th December
Expedition 2 (Beachhead/Normandy): 8th December – 21st December
Expedition 3 (Cartographers): 22nd December – 4th January
Expedition 4 (Emergence): 5th January – 9th January
This marks the end of another busy year for our small team, as we celebrated No Man’s Sky’s 5th anniversary with 4 major updates! This now takes us to 17 large releases, as well as countless smaller updates, community requests, and hotfixes – a huge amount of work for such a small team. We are very proud to have been on this adventure with you, and humbled that we are able to continue taking No Man’s Sky to new and exciting places.
The 5th anniversary year started in February with the Companions update. We were delighted to see all the screenshots of players exploring the universe side-by-side with their newly adopted alien creatures. We loved the reaction of the community as people began breeding creatures and sharing their eggs, with the weird and wonderful (and colossal) creatures that players brought into existence never failing to surprise.
Expeditions in April introduced a brand new way to play No Man’s Sky. We have always loved the magic of starting afresh – vulnerable, trapped on a planet, a whole universe of possibilities ahead of you. Expeditions brought new ways to experience that feeling, as well as bringing the community together and allowing everyone to feel what it’s like to be in a hub world. We are very excited for the future of expeditions and all the different possibilities they contain!
In May we released Prisms, and dramatically refreshed the No Man’s Sky experience with a range of new visual features. We have always wanted everyone to have a real sense of wonder whenever they set foot on a new world or stare up at the stars, and we were so pleased with the way Prisms made the journey across the universe feel exciting and new, even to veteran players. No Man’s Sky has never looked better, with reflections, new texture effects, more planetary details, improved lighting, new skies, new warp effects, creature fur, and much more besides.
September saw the release of Frontiers, which not only overhauled the visuals and mechanics of base building, but also allowed for players to become Overseer of their very own procedurally generated alien settlement. We wanted to make it easier for newcomers to build beautiful bases, as well as open up new possibilities for the experienced building community, and we have been dazzled by the outpouring of creativity that we have seen from you all.
Looking back on all that, it’s an amazing achievement and testament to the hard work of a small group of people. Already work has started on some exciting plans for 2022 and there are no signs of us slowing.
Over the Holiday period the No Man’s Sky merch will be on sale periodically here with a 15% discount.
An extra 15% will be applied if you use the code ATLAS at checkout.
Black Friday (25th-29th November)
Boxing Day (26th December)
New Year’s Day (1st January)
Thank you all for your support, newcomers and veterans alike. We have one of the best communities in all of gaming and that is never taken for granted.
Our journey continues.
3.73 Patch Notes
- Fixed an issue that could cause protected terrain edits inside a player’s base to occasionally be overwritten when downloading a large number of terrain edits from other player’s bases.
- The base computer can now be picked up and moved within the bounds of the base.
- Improved the clarity of messaging when placing a base computer in an invalid location.
- Fixed an issue that could cause audio problems on PlayStation 4.
- Wiring mode now has access to rotation and free place options.
- Fixed an issue that caused the HUD message that accompanies entering a base to trigger too frequently.
- Fixed an issue that caused the personal refiner audio to continue to play forever if the refiner ran out of fuel.
- Fixed a collision issue with timber roof corner base parts.
- Fixed a number of snapping issues with basic shape adornment parts (cubes, pyramids, cylinders, and so on).
- Fixed a number of collision and terrain carving issues with small paving parts.
- Fixed a collision issue with one visual variant of the timber wall with windows.
- Fixed an issue that could cause base part preview holograms to be offset.
- The Pipe and Curved Pipe building parts have been combined into a single new Pipe part that adjusts shape contextually.
- Fixed a snapping issue with ByteBeat Cables.
- Introduced a significant memory optimisation for PlayStation 4.
- Introduced a number of significant base-building physics optimisations.
- Introduced a significant base-building networking optimisation.
- Fixed a number of rare issues that could cause planetary objects to have no collision.
- Fixed a rare issue where grass could grow around the edges of settlement building interiors.
- Fixed a rare issue that could cause NPCs in settlements to hover above their chairs.
- Fixed a number of base-building LOD issues.
- Fixed a number of snapping issues with inner pieces.
- Fixed a number of issues that could cause settlements to be incorrectly classified on the CBAS scale.
- Fixed an issue that could cause players to fall out of their freighter while constructing new rooms on board.
- Fixed a number of issues that could occur when collecting rewards after a fleet expedition had finished.
- Fixed an issue that could cause the Armourer mission to become blocked if players destroyed the targeted depot from the air, or before the mission had begun.
- Fixed an issue that could cause creature-related missions from the Nexus to pick inappropriate planets.
- Fixed an issue that allowed base part duplication mode to duplicate non-buildable parts.
- Fixed a rare issue that could prevent players from completing the construction of a settlement marketplace.
- Fixed an issue with base reporting.
- Fixed an issue that caused the “Spawn Beneath Your Skin” milestone of the Emergence expedition to fail to find any valid target when using the Target Sweep.
- Fixed an Xbox-specific crash that could occur when loading corrupted save data.
- Fixed a rare issue that could cause very large player bases to crash when loading.
- Fixed a Xbox-specific crash that could occur when running out of audio memory.