No Man’s Sky was by no means an easy undertaking for Hello Games. The game promised a universe and mechanics the likes of which had never been seen before, consisting of eighteen quintillion planets (18000000000000000000 for us regular folk), interplanetary travel, each planet having unique flora and fauna thanks to procedural generation, survival mechanics, trading, and so much more.
However, it seemed that the developer had promised too much to be able to produce a good product. Following its launch, No Man’s Sky received bad reviews from all around.
Over the past 6 years, the developer has delivered quite a lot of updates and polished the game, which has raised its standing in the gaming community. The most recent update, named Waypoint, has the community buzzing, as it may not have added much new content, but has overhauled the game for a much better experience for old and new players alike.
- A Custom Game mode has been added allowing you to alter even minuscule parts of your gameplay.
- A seamless auto-saving system has been added, while manual saving is still available.
- New Relaxed game mode, additional difficulty tweaks, and customization options.
- Trade Rocket for automatic selling.
- Inventory redesigned, capacity expanded.
Hello Games previously stated that the Waypoint update would be the “biggest generational jump so far” and judging by the patch notes, they are not wrong.
In addition to No Man’s Sky finally releasing on the Nintendo Switch, a host of changes has been added to the game that makes it much more customisable and playable for not just new players, but old returning and regular players as well. Some of the larger ones are:
1. Custom Game Modes
Tailor every aspect of the game to your unique playstyle with custom game modes. Launch into the action quickly with an existing difficulty preset, or tinker with everything from the economy to combat challenges to survival difficulty to perfect your experience.
2. Seamless Auto-Saves
A new continual auto-saving system allows you to fully immerse yourself in the journey without ever needing to think about saving your progress. Manual saves remain, giving you full control when needed.
3. Trade Rocket
Load and launch a personal trade rocket to automatically sell items on the Galactic Trade Network. Summon the device from anywhere on a planetary surface, then fire it off to the local Space Station for profit!
4. Relaxed Game Mode
The new relaxed preset provides an accessible, laid-back experience of No Man’s Sky. Perfect for players who want to experience all facets of gameplay, from story to survival to combat, with reduced danger and minimal grind.
5. Dynamic Difficulty
Nearly all difficulty settings can be tweaked and adjusted at any time, so you can continue to refine your play experience during the journey. Players with existing saves can adjust their settings to take advantage of new survival challenges or the simplicity of relaxed mode and continue to change back and forth as they wish.
6. Inventory Redesign
7. Survival Challenges
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8. AMD FidelityFX 2.0
9. Drop Pods
10. Crafting Trees
The detailed steps for crafting complex products can now be visualized as a tree, allowing explorers to collect and prepare sub-components in advance.
11. Quality Of Life
12. New Faction Milestones:
The alien race and guild factions have issued a new set of challenges to explorers, encouraging a broader and deeper play experience.
These are all the major updates that have been introduced into No Man’s Sky. The official patch notes give us a detailed look at all the changes that have been made in the Waypoint Update.
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