After a long silence, Hello Games announced that the “Foundation” update is coming to No Man’s Sky. The beleaguered game infamously received harsh criticism and mixed reviews. The developer – and co-founder Sean Murray specifically – have been accused of misrepresenting gameplay and features in the build-up to launch. In the weeks since the release, Hello Games rolled out a series of patches, though many gamers’ concerns are yet to be addressed.
The developer’s official site has now revealed that an update is coming sometime this week. What should we expect? The ability to build bases.
Though this will not comprehensively change the game, “This update will be the first small step in a longer journey”. Just like any expansive gaming experience, a developer will release crucial updates to add features and functions over time. The question is if these promised updates are enough to eventually redeem No Man’s Sky and help it overcome its bad rap.
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This week Hello Games will be releasing an update to No Man’s Sky. We’re calling it The Foundation Update, because we have added the foundations of base building, and also because this is putting in place a foundation for things to come.
Detailed patch notes will follow, and release will be soon.
Coming from five years of intense development, immediately after No Man’s Sky released the team spent six weeks updating the game with 7 patches across both platforms (the last of these was 1.09 on Sept 24th which you can read about here http://www.no-mans-sky.com/log/). These fixed many of the most common or critical bugs and issues post-release.
In the nine weeks since then our small team has been hard at work on development, testing and certification for the Foundation Update. It won’t be our biggest update, but it is the start of something.
The discussion around No Man’s Sky since release has been intense and dramatic. We have been quiet, but we are listening and focusing on improving the game that our team loves and feels so passionately about.
Positive or negative feedback, you have been heard and that will truly help to make this a better game for everyone.
This update will be the first small step in a longer journey. We hope you can join us.
What do you geeks think? Are you willing to give the game a second chance, or is this too little too late?