No Man's Sky gets major Atlas Rises update, out now

  • No Man's Sky gets major Atlas Rises update, out now

No Man's Sky gets major Atlas Rises update, out now

One of the biggest issues many had with No Man's Sky on release was the lack of multiplayer/co-op, particularly since we were told before release that players would be able to encounter each other in-game.

The PC version of the No Man's Sky v1.3 Atlas Rises update has now been released on Steam following the reveal earlier today.

If you spot odd floating orbs on a planet (like the ones above) they're actually other players. The best part is that there is proximity based voice chat support with other nearby explorers.

You'll need to be in exactly the right places for this to happen however, so don't expect just to bump into people on the fly.

Open universe exploration game No Man's Sky has announced a major update to mark the game's first anniversary - including a basic multiplayer function for the first time.

Away from the actual gameplay, several aspects of the game's interface have also been tweaked - including a new look to the galaxy menu, which can now be used to check the wealth, economy and conflict levels to different star systems.

We're doing a full overhaul of the game's story to make it even more accessible for new and returning players alike. You can view the full extent of the update over on the official website, which definitely is a long read.

Additionally, the first big change players will notice in No Man's Sky is the graphical overhaul.

Visit the new Mission Agent in Space Stations to pick up unique and rewarding new tasks. In addition a new ship weapon, the rocket launcher, is being introduced. If you're looking for simple visual confirmation that a game, which at launch was a little squiggly when eyeballing anything up close, has completely changed its colors, the update's teaser screens more than suffice. There's now a mission system, new ships, interstellar trading and oh so much more.

Add or remove terrain to mold the landscape as you see fit, anywhere on any planet.

Interact with a portal and input a specific combination of glyphs to quick travel to a specific planet.

Needless to say, that's hardly an ideal multiplayer experience for those who have stuck with a game that fell well short of expectations.

Whether you choose to fight, trade or explore, every decision you make has consequences, shaping your journey as you travel ever deeper into No Man's Sky.