No Man's Sky Origins Dramatically Overhauls the Universe

Ruben Fields
September 24, 2020

The next No Man's Sky Origins update is worthy of being called 3.0.

So while the title may be actually enjoyed in its current state, it's admittedly hard to simply throw caution to the wind in whatever Hello Games comes up with next, and will likely be this way for quite some time as fans attempt to deduce what in the heck actually happened with the disparity between advertising and gameplay.

Hello Games has announced that No Man's Sky's Origins update is out now on PS4 and it brings with it a host of new updates, including a revamped UI, improved planet diversity, and new planets to explore.

"For people who have played a thousand hours, we want them to feel the game is fresh and new", No Man's Sky game director Sean Murray said in an interview with Report Door.

No Man's Sky underwhelmed at launch back in 2016, in part because Hello Games and its marketing materials had set expectations extraordinarily high.

Much like the name very appropriately suggests, No Man's Sky: Origins is a new beginning of sorts.

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"It's taken us a while to figure out how best to do it and how to make it work".

"A local information guide has been added to the mission log". They've built bases on it. Some planets will even have "synthetic creatures" - no, not the drones that occasionally attack you - that look vaguely similar to the robots in Horizon Zero Dawn.

If you see cloud coverage over a planet in space, if you go down into the planet you'll see the same cloud coverage that you saw from space, which means there is now more variety between clear skies and planets that are overcast. Additionally, black-market traders will now sometimes also land on the surface of planets for your convenience.

Before its release, No Man's Sky was one of the most overhyped titles of this generation of consoles; one that would redefine videogame exploration. All of these updates - and many, many more - have contributed to a remarkable comeback story.

But all of it sounds like a good reason to revisit No Man's Sky again, just to see what's out there.

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