No Man's Sky's Origins Update Adds Richer Planets and Some Really Big Worms

No Man's Sky's Origins Update Adds Richer Planets and Some Really Big Worms

Hello Games has found a way to expand its universe without, y'know, starting it over.

Well, provided that it's free of major bugs and working nicely, some No Man's Sky players are going to be pretty happy this morning. Today may also mark another moment where people give Hello Games' procedural space adventure another shot thanks to a new update, because the patch notes for No Man's Sky version 3.0 a.k.a. Origins are quite something.

First teased last week as "the beginning of something new" for the continually evolving game, the Origins update is yet another big leap for No Man's Sky. Focused on planet generation, graphics, and the diversity of flora and fauna, it's maybe not quite as game-changing as the updates that brought full multiplayer and overhauled its main questlines, but it's adding a lengthy list of features.

Players loading up the game will find that a bunch of new planets-"millions of untouched new worlds," Hello Games says-have been added to the universe. These newly generated planets will incorporate Origins' big features, such as revamped terrain generation intended to produce "more dramatic, awe inspiring scenery," new variants on plants and animals (like these colossal floating space fish), marshes, volcanoes, and additional building types. Streamlined crafting should make the basic survival loop of No Man's Sky a bit smoother while additions like wild robot creatures and giant sandworms should give players more reason to get out there and explore.

The great news for returning players is that Hello Games says they'll be able to see these new sights without losing the work they've invested into No Man's Sky already. Where the No Man's Sky's Next update forced a universe reset in order to accommodate its new generation features, erasing players' bases in the process, the planets and structures players are already used to aren't going anywhere. They'll stay put, letting players head out in search of new sights like binary and tertiary star systems without sacrificing whatever place or places they currently call home.

On high-end PCs, everything in No Man's Sky is about to look a bit nicer too. Origins adds revamped UI, improved cloud effects, and new planetary lighting conditions across all platforms, but the PC in particular is having its "Ultra" graphics setting bumped up to extend foliage detail further into the distance. Couple that with improvements to the photo mode and we're in for a lot of new desktop-worthy No Man's Sky screenshots.

The update is out now on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. If you're interested in playing with friends, don't forget that No Man's Sky received a cross-play update earlier this year. It's also available on Game Pass for both PC and Xbox.

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