Controversial game ‘No Man’s Sky’ is getting its first major update – and it’s bringing major changes

Gamers dissatisfied with No Man’s Sky’s limitations and “broken promises” may finally breathe a sigh of relief with news of a base-building addition, a la Minecraft

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 December, 2016, 8:02pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 03 December, 2016, 12:39pm

No Man’s Sky was a game years in the making. It promised endless space exploration – hop in a ship and jet from planet to planet at your leisure. Go on an alien safari! Collect materials!

Except some people felt that their expectations were unfairly built up – that the game wasn’t what the game’s developers promised it would be.

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Making this all the more complicated, the massive space exploration game was made by a small handful of developers – about a dozen. To say their resources are stretched thin is a serious understatement.

On one side, fans felt ripped off; on the other, they sympathised with a small group trying its hardest to make something gigantic. In the end, no one was happy.

Gamers scorched the game’s review page on Steam, the world’s largest digital game store. The game’s developers, Hello Games, largely went silent (outside of the occasional statement about bug fixes, or to say they’d been hacked).

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On November 25, Hello Games issued its first major statement since the game’s launch in August: an important new update is coming to No Man’s Sky in the not-so-distant future. It’s called “The Foundation Update”, and it brings the underpinnings of base building to No Man’s Sky – a much-requested feature.

What’s base building?

The idea is simple: After discovering a planet you like, you could craft a home on it. Think of Minecraft, where you gather materials and use them to build a furnished home. The same concept applies here, though we’ve yet to see exactly how it’ll work.

The statement from Hello Games says this “won’t be our biggest update, but it will be the start of something”.

More specifically, this update lays the groundwork for bigger changes coming to the game at some point. “This is putting in place a foundation for things to come,” it reads.

Though Hello Games clearly intends on using the statement as a means to update players about a new addition to the game, the statement also takes time to indirectly address the fervour around the game’s release.

“The discussion around No Man’s Sky since its release has been intense and dramatic,” it says. “We have been quiet, but we are listening and focusing on improving the game that our team loves and feels so passionately about.”

No details are given about the exact release timing of the update; but they say “soon”. The game is out now on PlayStation 4 and PC.