Hello Games announced a new update to No Man’s Sky.
The Path Finder Update, as detailed on the No Man’s Sky website, will add a new vehicle that will aid players in planetary exploration.
Including vehicles in the game has been hinted at for a while, when players found an unfinished buggy in the game files of the Foundation Update.
This is the second major content update for No Man’s Sky after the Foundation Update went live in November of 2016. The Foundation Update added a survival mode and base crafting to the game, with Hello Games promising to add more content in future updates.
Hello Games notes that there will be detailed patch notes for the Path Finder Update, when it goes live next week. “Shortly after we launched the Foundation Update, we released a number of patches to address issues reported by players before beginning work on the Path Finder Update,” stated Hello Games. “We were surprised and excited by the response to Foundation, and we have been listening carefully to community feedback since then.”
Hello Games also states that this is the first of many upcoming free updates to the game, as they continue to steadily improve the title.
The Path Finder Update being free is a good call, as is the steady improvements made to the game’s own feedback loop much more enjoyable over time. The Foundation Update was pretty solid overall; survival mode is a rough challenge while the creative mode allows for a lot more freedom to “make your mark” on the universe at large.
Despite the flaws of No Man’s Sky and it’s really volatile release, Hello Games has been working toward improving the title for half a year now. With Hello Games also investing in procedurally generated titles in Hello Labs, it is clear the company is doing everything in its power to salvage not only No Man’s Sky, but their reputation as a game developer.
In some ways, I can respect that from Hello Games. Despite my own enjoyment of No Man’s Sky many people were turned off by the botched launch and questionable statements by Sean Murray. It must have been tempting to just abandon the game and let it wither on the vine after the backlash they got. Instead, we are getting further updates to steadily improve it. Hopefully, Hello Games can continue on this momentum, and the Path Finder Update is the first of many small content updates to make the game better than it was.
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