Holiday 2022 Expeditions

Hello Everyone, In 2021, to close out the year, we re-ran the year’s expeditions in a reduxed format over the holiday season to give people another chance to experience these events and reap the rewards when time is perhaps a little more available. That proved to be very popular so we are pleased to announce… View Article

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Waypoint 4.06

Hello everyone, Thank you to everyone playing the Waypoint Update, especially those taking the time to report any issues they encounter via Zendesk or console crash reporting. We are listening closely to your feedback, and have identified and resolved a number of issues. These fixes are included in patch 4.06, which will be live on… View Article

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Big list of fixes in today's (03/11) Experimental Patch

  • Plaque interactions will no longer loop back to the first piece of history for that planet’s race after completing every interaction.

  • Abandoned building interactions will no longer loop back to the beginning of the first story after completing every interaction.

  • Players joining a friend’s game directly from the frontend but without a valid save slot will now have the option to customise their difficulty settings.

  • Fixed an issue that could cause invalid text to appear in various mission information fields when several Planetary Drop Pod missions were active at the same time.

  • Fixed an issue that could cause all planetary Drop Pod missions in the same system to complete when loading a save where one had been recently completed.

  • Fixed an issue that clamped the craftable amount for an item at the size of its current stack – crafting amounts can now be adjusted up to the current free inventory space.

  • Fixed an issue that caused some UI elements to overlap the bottom of the inventory screen.

  • Fixed a number of issues that could cause the shortcut button to take players directly to a newly unlocked guide entry to fail to work correctly.

  • Fixed a number of issues that could cause inventory numbers to spill outside of their icon in particular languages.

  • Fixed a rare issue that could cause invalid items to be awarded from derelict freighter containers.

  • Fixed an issue that could cause the wrong inventory to be increased when unlocking new slots.

  • Fixed an issue that could cause some journey milestone guidance missions to become stuck in a loop.

  • Fixed inventory readability issues caused the background to be too transparent in VR.

  • Fixed an issue that could cause the shortcut button to take players directly to a newly discovered mineral/plant/creature to fail to work correctly.

  • The shield strength, hull strength, and combat manoeuvrability of hostile starships now scales correctly with the space combat difficulty setting.

  • Fixed an issue that could allow players to interact with hidden inventory items while using the expanded inventory.

  • Fixed a rare issue that could leave some Multi-Tools with unremovable broken technology after that technology was repaired.

  • The non-functional companion summoning options have been removed from the starship Quick Menu.

  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Stasis Device and the Fusion Ignitor crafting steps to spill beyond the edges of the screen.

  • Fixed a collision issue affecting some Alloy door parts.

  • Fixed an issue that caused the living frigate “Feed” options to appear when talking to standard frigate captains aboard your freighter.

  • Fixed a number of visual glitches that could occur while using the Appearance Modifier.

  • Fixed a number of rendering issues affecting Oculus/Meta VR headsets.

  • The visual quality of FSR 2’s Ultra Performance mode has been increased.

  • Fixed a number of particle flickering issues in VR.

  • Fixed a rare hang that could occur when summoning the Space Anomaly using a hotkey.

  • Fixed a crash related to playing custom ByteBeat tracks.

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Waypoint is actually one of my favorite updates

-and it’s because of one addition. The collected knowledge tab is literally just lore tabs for No Man’s Sky. I’ve always loved the lore and found the wiki to be very lacking in information, and frequently find myself trying to go through old entries trying to piece together the universe of NMS. The thing about NMS lore, is that it’s very under rated and unexplored. This feature they’ve added is probably something they could’ve never added to the game, and 99.9% of players wouldn’t care. But to players like me, it’s something I’ve wanted since the beginning. Thank you HelloGames for being awesome devs.

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Everyone's been so riled up since 4.0, meanwhile I'm just filled with childlike joy that I can play ...

The conversation about tech slots and activated Indium has really sidelined just how great a job they’ve done with the Switch port.

There’s definitely some roon for improvement with the UI, touch screen integration, and expansion of custom game settings, but goddamn, the game feels really smooth considering its “only” 30fps.

And while there’s obvious graphical compromises to make this miracle port possible, its not nearly as compromised as I’d expected, and it packs in a surprising amount of detail. I notice distance objects tend to blur a little when you’re on the move, but when you come to a full stop the details sharpen up pretty quick, there’s obviously some clever ‘hierarchy’ the game has to determine what needs to look clear and what can be subordinated in a given frame. The results won’t be as flattering in a side by side with high end PCs, but it does a great job of giving your brain enough details to fill in any gaps subconsciously.

And some nice shading and lighting techniques are preserved from the main consoles /PC build, especially that sun-kissed translucent effect that massive funghi tend to have when the sun’s hitting the right angle.

The work they’ve done in previous updates on the overall scale of the world and its relative asset sizing translates well to the small screen, giving the impression of inhabiting these massive planets with imposing mountains, dense woodlands, and intimidating cave networks that feel easy to get lost in without a terrain manipulator as a last ditch “fuck outta here” measure. For a handheld game, the world it presents feels bigger than it has any right to be on such a dinky platform.

And the autosave system clearly seems designed with the Switch’s pick-up-put-down gameplay ethos. I don’t think I’ve made a single manual save since starting up a new save post-4.0. (Constructed save points still do double duty as permanent nav markers, so nothing is really lost here.) And with the new custom game parameters you can opt in to useful features that reduce the moment to moment busywork that might otherwise feel laborious in context of the ’20 minute loop’ that Switch lends itself to by its portable nature.

All in all, I’ve been playing since 2016 launch, and this is the most significant platform-driven update I’ve played since PSVR. (And we’ve still got the second-generation VR update to come!)

To be frank, I’ve often felt like I often preferred the ‘idea’ of No Man’s Sky and what it represents as a sandbox experience, rather than the more mundane reality of actually playing it. Maybe it’s the long boot times on PS4, but I often felt like the friction points of the grinding loop kept me from sinking into more substantive play sessions, and as a result I’d usually just derp around until my launch thrusters ran out, then not be bothered to go refuel, and so my playthrough would just fizzle out.

Now it’s on handheld, and it’s got custom game modifiers to tailor the moment to moment gameplay, I’ve found a sweet spot where I’m actually focused on doing the story, heading to galactic core, etc, and not getting bogged down in minutiae every time my mining laser or launch thruster runs out, nor getting slowed down by sprint being tied to life support systems. The pace of my moment to moment gameplay finally lines up with the spacefaring fantasy I picture in my head when I think about what No Man’s Sky represents.

So yeah, I think that’s pretty cool. 😊

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