'Atlas Rises' update features story improvements, portal travels

'Atlas Rises' update features story improvements, portal travels

A couple of days ago, we reported on an email from Hello Games founder Sean Murray about No Man's Sky's next big update, version 1.3, in which the activation of transport portals and the addition of new story content were referenced.

The update drastically changes the game and it looks incredible.

Featuring a new central storyline players can discover more about the universe and themselves, as well as a wide array of new and improved features. A new interdimensional race have appeared, ancient portals have activated, and there's more depth to the lore and interactions in the game, letting you uncover the background to the Abandoned Building logs, the World of Glass, Sentinels and more.

According to Hello Games, the Atlas Rises story involves the mystery of "the fabric of existence" faltering. For instance, the upcoming update will supposedly flesh out the game's bare bones story by adding plot elements to the middle sections of the experience. With a heavy emphasis on new context, quest system, and branching narrative to discovering the truth of No Man's Sky, there is almost 30 hours of new story content. It is good to stand out and not say the exact same thing as Clarke did. The trick, with any story, is to make the familiar unfamiliar.

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

Hello Games can try all they like to win those old players back. 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. Visualised by odd floating orbs, up to 16 players can see and communicate with one another, and explore the universe together. It will also bring in the ability to quickly travel in between places using portals. It's a start, to be sure. No Man's Sky is just easier to play now, and I'm very excited to get lost in it again.

You can read the full patch notes on the No Man's Sky website. The studio has implemented a proper quest system, along with new features to support it, such as a communicator inside your ship that allows you to interact with characters even when you're on the go. What you build depends on the materials you have, but they don't mention how rare those materials will be.

What do you think of these major update?

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