A few days ago Hello Games took to their official website to announce an update that would serve as the “foundation of things to come”. That update has gone live, and Hello Games has gone into greater detail as to what, exactly, will change in No Man’s Sky with Foundation Update 1.1. There is a lot covered, but here are a few essentials taken from the game’s official site:
New Game Modes:
Explorers can now decide to play with different rule sets, across three game modes:
- Normal mode is the original chilled exploration experience.
- Creative mode allows players to explore the universe without limits, and build a huge base.
- Survival mode really changes the game, creating a much more challenging endurance experience.
– Claim your home planet by finding an uninhabited base and creating your own, fully bespoke outpost.
– Construct your homestead for shelter, using modular structures and decorations, replicated from resources gathered while exploring.
– Recruit alien lifeforms to help research new technology. Farming, engineer, weapons and science specialists are hirable from Space Stations.
– Use Terminus Teleporters in Space Stations to teleport to and from your base at will.
– Expand your base with storage containers to stockpile precious resources and rare products.
– Find an even more beautiful location and you can simply dismantle your previous homestead to refund all of the spent resources.
– Cultivate biome dependent crops outdoors, or inside your base or Freighter using Hydroponic Labs.
– Plants grow over time and offer a steady supply of resources to be harvested.
– Hire a farming specialist to research and grow ten new plant types, and discover new resource elements.
“Purchase huge interstellar Freighters at great expense, and then summon them from anywhere in the galaxy… Create extended cargo holds to expand your vessel’s capacity, and grow crops of rare resources on board… Use the new recruitment system to crew your Freighter with Engineer, Farmer, Weapons and Science specialists to help research new technologies”.
Other things that jump out:
- New resources and technology.
- Products can be stacked up to five times per inventory slot, resulting in increased starship, base container and freighter storage capacity.
- Motion blur has been added to accentuate the feeling of speed, particularly when in-flight. This can be switched on or off via the Options menu.
- Place save points anywhere in the world, crucial for Survival mode.
- Communications Terminals allow explorers to leave sub-space messages for others to find.
That is certainly a lot to take in, and that’s only the half of it. For more changes coming to No Man’s Sky, as well as a ton of patch notes, check out the game’s official site.
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