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The radio silence from Hello Games is over. More than two months after the last No Man’s Sky patch, the devs updated their website with a new post. And for fans of the game, a new update is coming “this week.”
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 them all 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.
The next update won’t fix all of No Man’s Sky’s problems. I don’t know if Hello Games will ever be able to do fix the biggest problems voiced by the community. But, the devs hope this is the starting point in turning No Man’s Sky around.
Some gamers will point to games like Diablo 3 as proof No Man’s Sky can be fixed. And it might happen. But Hello Games has a tall hill to climb. Most fans moved on. The best thing Hello Games can do moving forward is communicate constantly with their community. Add features they want. And get No Man’s Sky looking like the pre-release coverage.
Do that, and fans might come back. Might.
Is it too late for No Man’s Sky? Or, are you willing to give the game another shot as substantial updates come rolling in?