Look out, No Man’s Sky detractors. The game’s just been given a huge update that may just change your mind.
The decrepit older gamers among us will remember a time when video games were actually released as complete packages. There was no DLC, none of those dreaded microtransactions, no huge patches to fix issues that shouldn’t even have existed in the first place… what a time to be alive it was.
That was then, however, and this is now. This is a time when developers and producers are telling us that microtransactions are just a part of gaming we’ve got to accept (thanks for that, 2K Games). When they can release a game incomplete and slap a big old content band-aid on it later. Take Street Fighter V, for instance, which released with nary an arcade mode.
Pokémon GO is another case of a title that’s come on in leaps and bounds since its original release, with its spangly new social features and such. Fortunately for those who were unimpressed by No Man’s Sky when it first touched down (which was everybody), it has too. It may be too late to draw some disillusioned players back, but it’s certainly trying.
The open world space ‘em up has been doing better of late. This summer’s multiplayer update brought in concurrent player numbers like the game had never seen before. There’s still more work to be done, though, and the next stage of that is the big 'The Abyss' update.
As Eurogamer reports, the content has just arrived, and it’s set to allow exploration on a whole new scale. As the title suggests, it’s all about underwater scavenging, building and looting. To that end, players have a new submersible craft –called the Nautilon—to put through its paces.
The trailer for the new content demonstrates the improved visuals, the new ways of building underwater and the whole array of new aquatic life and items you’ll encounter down there. Not only that, but there’s also a new, dark story called Dreams of the Deep, which concerns the stranded crew of a freighter.
All in all, there’s a lot of new content here. With the eerie vibe and constant threat of sea creatures, No Man’s Sky could be perfect Halloween fare. Will you be diving (back) in?