No Man's Sky was big on dreams, but the final product was a dose of reality. When people expect the world, it's hard to deliver on that promise. Hello Games has been quiet since launch, working on what has become the Foundation Update. Patch 1.1 for No Man's Sky adds a host of new features to the game, including base-building, farming, and freighter ships.
"This week Hello Games will be releasing an update to No Man's Sky. We're calling it The Foundation Update, because we have added the foundations of base building, and also because this is putting in place a foundation for things to come," says the studio in a statement.
First up, the game adds three new modes of play. Normal Mode is the launch experience, while Creative Mode lets players wander the universe without limits and Survival Mode is a harder experience where you have to manage resources carefully to survive.
Base-building allows players to tag an uninhabited outpost and build it up into their home. Adding different modules gives you additional storage, visual flourishes, and new capabilities. Players can recruit aliens to help research new tech, including farming and engineering. Build a teleporter to jump to a Space Station at will. And if you find a better location for your base, you can refund all the resources used and build anew.
The new ship type, Freighter, is like a roving mobile base. The primary idea here is fixing one of the larger issues with No Man's Sky, inventory management. Players can purchase a Freighter and summon it to any planet. While you're on the surface exploring, you can transfer resources to your Freighter in orbit. The base-building feature lets you customize the interior of your Freighter, recruit a specialized crew, farm, or add bigger cargo holds to store more resources.
Another big complaint was the inability to return to a specific point on a planet. With no map or coordinate system, if you left a planet, you couldn't return to a particularly cool spot in the future. Hello Games has added the Camp system as a fix for this issue. Players can now build camps on any part of the map. These camps act as save points for exploration, waypoints for specific discoveries and vistas, and automated harvesters for local resources. You can even use the camp to leave messages for other visiting players
The Foundation Update also includes smaller changes and quality-of-life improvements. Temporal Anti Aliasing (TAA) and Motion Blur have been added to the game's engine. There's a streamlined Quick Access menu for your inventory and resources can be stacked 5 times per slot now. Each of the primary resources has been given its own icon for easy differentiation. There's a bunch of new, rare resources and products to craft. And PlayStation 4 players get a new Photo Mode!
"The discussion around No Man's Sky since release has been intense and dramatic," says Hello Games. "We have been quiet, but we are listening and focusing on improving the game that our team loves and feels so passionately about. Positive or negative feedback, you have been heard and that will truly help to make this a better game for everyone."
No Man's Sky Patch 1.1 will be released "soon" on PC and PlayStation 4.