No Man’s Sky’s biggest update since the game’s release is now live, adding a ton of new features, overhauls, and even full multiplayer support with three of your friends. There’s a laundry list of new changes that have come to the game, so let’s dive in and take a look at all the changes.

THIRD PERSON

  • Third person camera for walking, jetpacking, swimming and in-ship flight
  • New player models
  • Completely reworked animation system
  • New animations for players, as well as NPCs and creatures
  • System and animations for gestures
  • Character customisation
  • Player character turns to look at points of interest
  • New get in / out of vehicle effect
  • Interactions show the player character where appropriate
  • Warping in ship is in third person
  • Resized various deployable tech to better fit third person mode

MISSIONS

  • Real time missions
  • Scheduled missions
  • Multiplayer missions
  • Completely overhauled tutorial
  • New mission types – photography, feeding, freighter combat, archaeology, and specialised hunting missions
  • Guild envoy missions

BASES

  • Bases can be built anywhere
  • Players can own multiple bases
  • Hundreds of new base parts
  • Increased base complexity / size limits
  • Joint base building
  • Improved teleporting and selection between teleport destinations
  • Improved terrain editor modes and options to be more intuitive
  • Toned down saturation intensity of palette choices for colouring base building parts
  • Base terrain editing now stops when you hit the limit rather than overwriting old edits
  • Bases can now be deleted
  • Improved system for placing base building parts
  • Increased base building radius and made it expandable
  • Disabled base auto uploading, and added manual controls
  • Enabled downloading more than one external base from other players

FREIGHTERS

  • Frigate fleets feature – including missions, upgrade system, system combat and exploration assistance
  • Overhauled base building inside player freighters
  • Reworked and added procedural textures to freighter bridge hologram planet
  • Redesigned path from freighter hangar to bridge
  • Improved speed of airlock doors opening on freighters

CRAFTING AND RESOURCES

  • Reworked and rebalanced all core substances and resources
  • Deployable tech can now be picked up
  • Added refiner based crafting system
  • Added Craftable ammunition
  • Improved damage falloff on mining beam

UI / UX

  • Additional markers visible in analysis visor
  • Points of interest can be tagged from analysis visor
  • Latitude / longitude displayed on analysis visor
  • Improved HUD layout
  • HUD lines dynamically hidden with the corresponding UI elements
  • Improved notification layout
  • Improved build menu
  • Improved quick menu
  • Inventory stack splitting
  • New repair interface
  • All player owned ships can now be summoned
  • Added system for repairing damaged inventory slots
  • Backpack showing in your inventory will now match customised character backpack
  • Backpack bars display hazard protection and life support
  • In-ship map now highlights enemies
  • Improved docking indicators when flying
  • Completely reworked shop UI
  • Nanites no longer take up inventory slots
  • Scanning ships shows their slot count
  • Save slots are now sorted by timestamp
  • Galaxy map can show multiple markers for each system
  • Added dynamic suit protection inventory icon
  • Inventory full notifications now take into account cargo slots
  • Fixed camera voxel to star voxel in Galactic map
  • Can pin base building recipes on the HUD
  • Added danger icons to tentacle plants
  • Improved tech and product pinning, with more detailed guides to obtaining the build requirements
  • Improved compass
  • Improved HUD marker icons for objects of interest
  • Added multiplayer text chat on PC

GRAPHICS AND PLANET GENERATION

  • Improved fog and increased draw distance
  • New terrain generation system for improved navigability and more varied earth-like and alien landscapes
  • Reduced situations where cave props can be spawned above ground
  • Improved particle systems fading out over distance
  • Added support for extremely large biome props
  • Improved and increased variety of clouds and cloud shadows seen from space
  • Improved planet surface rendering from space
  • Improved terrain lods and visuals when flying in from space
  • Improved colour selection during planet generation
  • Improved sky and fog colour selection
  • Tightened triplanar texture blend areas
  • New colour mapping system to create more varied and atmospheric visuals
  • Improved tree density
  • Tree size variation
  • Added empty systems, with no current inhabitants
  • Added abandoned systems, with derelict space stations
  • Improved storm visuals
  • Improved textures for ship, NPCs, and buildings
  • Added planetary ring system
  • Increased asteroids density in space
  • Improved space visuals
  • Added support for larger bodies of water
  • Character shadows for first person gameplay
  • Adjusted TAA settings to reduce shadow blurring on terrain
  • Added particle effect when flying above water
  • Splash particle effects
  • Inventory and pause menu now uses depth of field to blur in-game camera
  • Balanced intensity of lights in the Atlas station
  • Updated model of hologram backpack in suit upgrade chamber
  • Improved water surface and foam shaders
  • Improved water reflections to better match terrain
  • Improved imposter visuals and lighting to better match nearby objects
  • Switched object and terrain fading to use Blue Noise to give smoother transitions
  • Improved compression on some textures generated in-game
  • Improved terrain texture blending and selection
  • Improved sand and cave colour selection
  • Improved beach blending and visuals
  • Brightened cave interiors, especially at night
  • Improved storm effect fading as you enter buildings
  • Added gun model for ships
  • New high quality tree models and textures
  • Fixed an issue with landing pad UVs
  • Improved drone, quad and walker models
  • New drone texture effects
  • Added more varied underwater and underground objects
  • Improved appearance of Gravitino Balls
  • Major improvements to biome object placement
  • Improved crystal placement
  • Improved marker distances for gameplay props
  • Added terrain objects which cannot be destroyed by player ships
  • Improved colours, brightness, saturation of creature textures
  • Tweaked rock textures
  • Improved scale of underground objects
  • Tweaked poison blob particle effects
  • Improved cave biome glowing plant lights
  • Optimised cave biome prop performance
  • Improved bushes and underwater plants
  • Improved asteroid texture balance
  • Improved abandoned slimey diffuse colours
  • Improved under-foot dust effects
  • Improved heavy air in caves
  • Improved scale of gameplay plants
  • Improved toxic grass diffuse texture
  • Tweaked mountain fragments on certain biomes
  • Improved vertex displacement on flags to make them wave nicer
  • Improved smoke and damage effects on ships and distress beacons
  • Modified frequency of wordstones, crates, underground props and damaged machinery
  • Improved rare gem collection effect
  • Improved ship trail effects
  • New engine effect for ships

SPACE STATIONS AND BUILDINGS

  • Overhauled space station interior
  • New space station marketplace
  • New style for stairs in space station
  • Redesigned look of teleporter in space station
  • Added variation to building interior layouts and props
  • Added a small ramp to the drop pod for easier access
  • Improved building frequency
  • Added LOD system for base building parts to increase draw distances and complexities

EXPLORATION, FAUNA AND FLORA

  • New underground ruins building type
  • Buried technology modules and blueprint analysis
  • Overhauled signal booster and navigation data input
  • Procedurally generated technology
  • Procedurally generated products
  • Improved creature pathfinding
  • Improved creature response to feeding
  • Herd behaviour for creatures
  • Improved scales and maximum sizes of creatures
  • Improved sentinel drone behaviour, proximity indicator and escape gameplay
  • Improved matching of creature body parts to their role
  • Coprite improvements
  • New hazardous fauna
  • New hazardous flora
  • Improved scan ranges for biome specific plants
  • Added new armoured drone type
  • Must use the terrain editor to mine resource deposits
  • Improved Colossus speed and fuel tanks / consumption
  • Different ship classes use different amounts of launch fuel
  • New name generation system for planets / ships / weapons / creatures
  • Increased variety in creature descriptions
  • Nada + Polo’s tasks are now tracked in the Mission Log
  • Fancier descriptions for planetary weather conditions
  • Changed starting Exosuit inventory size
  • Increased the number of Exosuit cargo slots available to purchase
  • Increased crafted item stack size in the Exosuit to 5

CONTROLS AND COMBAT

  • Climbing traversal more challenging and rewarding
  • Added ability to slide down cliffs
  • Player movement is more dynamic
  • Air resistance simulation for jetpack navigation
  • Multi-tool manual holstering / unholstering
  • Ship weapons can be used against ground targets
  • Splash damage added to ship weapons when used against ground targets
  • Improved low level flight, with destruction of terrain objects with which you collide
  • Fixed jitter on physics debris pieces
  • Stopped player colliding with tiny rocks on scorched biomes
  • Crit points on sentinel drones and quads
  • Combat scope module for the Multi-Tool
  • Personal forcefield module for the Multi-Tool
  • New grenade types
  • Improved weapon alternative mode, also with better HUD display
  • Sentinel drones can repair quads and walkers in battle
  • Improved sentinel quadruped behaviour, pouncing, evade
  • Improved walker behaviour with different attack modes
  • Extra armour plating added to sentinels arriving in combat
  • Fixed placement of off-planet markers and improved pulse drive flight towards marked destinations

AUDIO

  • Updated creature vocals
  • New third person foley for player and NPCs
  • Additional loading music and a new track when starting normal mode
  • Revised ship engine sounds
  • Added low flying ship sounds
  • Revised underwater sounds
  • Improved combat audio and overhauled Quad and Walker audio
  • New NPC vocals
  • New Frigate audio

STABILITY / BALANCING / FIXES

  • Fixed a number of issues with atmospherics and water rendering on the horizon
  • Fixed text clipping issues in some languages
  • Fixed certain cases where opening the settings menu silently changed resolution
  • Fixes for several uncommon out of memory crashes
  • Fixed transition between lighting when flying to space
  • Fixed and improved a number of situations for flattening terrain around buildings
  • Fixed cases where terrain tiles could be missing or slow to appear while flying around or into planet
  • Fixed crashed freighters having underground treasure too low to mine down to
  • Prevented dead planets ever having atmospheres
  • Prevented some story-critical buildings being placed underwater
  • Fixed lighting issues with double sided leaf shaders
  • Fixed repetitive tiling textures on some foliage leaves
  • Fixed issues with loading some particularly large saves
  • Fix for superconductive lock bug
  • Voice chat quality and reliability improvements
  • Fixed scan events for players who have managed to go off-grid
  • Fix for edited terrain regions repeatedly regenerating themselves unnecessarily
  • Fixed rocks showing up as the wrong colour on frozen biomes
  • Fix occasional hang in asynchronous IO
  • Fixes for non-instance LODs
  • Added geometry streaming system
  • Made numerous memory savings to improve overall stability
  • Made the damaged machinery turn off the sparks and smoke effect when you have finished the interaction
  • Rebalanced AI ship damage
  • Balanced ship to ground target damage
  • High performance(1440p) and High Quality(2160p) rendering modes added for Xbox One X
  • Made numerous grass and foliage rendering optimisations
  • Optimised per-frame renderer memory usage
  • Optimised various engine components using async compute
  • Various optimisations
  • Various miscellaneous bug fixes

As you can see, that’s a laundry list of changes and overhauls. You can also check out the original patch notes blog to see more in-depth information on the patch and what it brings to the table. No Man’s Sky NEXT is now available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.