Last month we welcomed over a million new players into No Man’s Sky by virtue of Xbox Game Pass and the Windows 10 release. This, together with our cross-play update, meant that we are seeing some of our biggest ever in-game numbers, all playing together regardless of their gaming platform. It is genuinely humbling, nearly two years after first releasing on Xbox One, that there are still so many people interested in exploring our universe.
It is a journey which we are thoroughly enjoying, and our tiny team is still excited to bring new content to the game. The free updates we have already released this year, Living Ship, Exo Mech, and Crossplay, are part of our plan to regularly release new ways to play and new things to explore, and we are thrilled to see the community growing alongside the game.
In this vein, today we are releasing No Man’s Sky: Desolation. Our latest free update, it improves the combat experience and deepens the possibilities of space exploration.
Sprawling derelict freighters have been discovered in space, deserted by all but their half-deactivated the security systems and malfunction AI drones. These hazardous environments are fraught with danger, lit only by the faint glow of emergency lights. There are even rumours that some ships have become nests for strange and hostile creatures… Venturing into these vessels is not to be done lightly, and is best undertaken with a crew.
Like much of the No Man’s Sky universe, every freighter is procedurally generated. There are a countless array of interiors to explore, with procedurally generated stories from the crew and the possibility of extracting pieces of the freighter to refit as upgrades into your own capital ship.
On top of this, there are a whole raft of quality of life features and improvements, including customisation for your own freighter, as well as weapon and combat improvements.
As ever, the team has continued to work on more updates. We have several more significant releases planned for the year, and we’re excited to share them with the community when the time comes.
Our journey continues.