No Man's Sky Atlas Rises Overhauls Much of the Game, Adds New Missions, Co-Op

A big update for No Man's Sky adds a long list of changes and improvements.

News by Matt Kim, .

It's been one year since No Man's Sky first came out, and Hello Games has been quietly working on a big update meant to address some of the biggest complaints regarding the game (of which there were many). Dubbed "Atlas Rises" the new update adds more story, better graphics, new mechanics, and even co-op.

New planet generation

In a big update posted on the No Man's Sky website, Atlas Rises promises a host of new updates including specifically: 30+ hours of new story content, a procedurally generated quest system, new systems for wealth, economy, and conflict level for star systems, better waypointing, more diverse planets, scavenging quests for giant Freighters crashed on planets, improved UI, quick travel, joint exploration, and a whole bunch more.

There are a couple caveats however. "Joint Exploration" co-op is rudimentary, allowing up to 16 players to join your game, but only as floating orbs with limited actions. As it stands you'll only be able to talk to them in voice chat and wander the planet together.

Atlas Rises

Atlas Rises adds some much-wanted features to No Man's Sky. When the game first came out, the lack of story, and planet diversity really hurt the game early on. It also looks like Atlas Rises adds more mechanics to the game, incentivizing players to really engage with their surroundings, rather than just catalogue new plants and animals on different planets.

"It's been a year since No Man's Sky first released, and it's been an exciting, intense and emotional time for us at Hello Games," wrote Hello Games founder Sean Murray in a PlayStation Blog post. "We have been quiet, but we have been listening intently."

Low altitude flight

Check out the new update trailer below.

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Comments 5

  • Avatar for Spectreman #1 Spectreman 9 months ago
    I always liked No More Sky and very glad that still getting better. If you thinking jumping now, for 25 bucks, is a lot of content, even if you just wanna follow the main quests.
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  • Avatar for dr134 #2 dr134 9 months ago
    Sounds like it is almost ready for release. When does it come out?

    Really looking forward to buying this, Final Fantasy XV, and Mass Effect: Andromeda once they finish their beta's and are officially released!
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  • Avatar for Roto13 #3 Roto13 9 months ago
    I think calling that "co-op" is being pretty generous.
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  • Avatar for chaoticBeat #4 chaoticBeat 9 months ago
    Time to revisit this game! :)
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  • Avatar for swamped #5 swamped 9 months ago
    Good on these guys for sticking with it after that enormous blunder out of the gate. Bigger studios would have swept it under the rug, called it a loss, and moved on to the next game. (Actually, hmm, that doesn't sound like a terrible strategy now that I typed it out.)
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