Recently, developer Hello Games published a post about an upcoming update to No Man’s Sky dubbed the Foundation Update. Well today, the patch has been detailed and it sounds promising.
No Man’s Sky Foundation Update, or patch 1.1 for short, will include a huge number of improvements and features for players new and old. It is available now, and is the first of many free updates planned for No Man’s Sky.
Jumping right in to the Foundation Update there will now be three game modes playable in No Man’s Sky.
Normal Mode: The original, chilled exploration experience
Creative Mode: Allows players to explore the universe without limits, and build a huge base
Survival Mode: Changes the game, creating a much more challenging endurance experience
Next up is base building. That’s right, you can now build a base in No Man’s Sky. A player can now claim a home planet by finding an uninhabited base and then creating your own fully working outpost. Using modular structures and decorations, a player can build their base as they wish. You can even recruit alien lifeforms to help research new technology at your base and to help with farming, engineering, weapons research and more which can be hired from a space station. You will also be able to teleport from any space station back to your base at will. The best part of the home base though you ask? You can expand the base by adding storage containers to stockpile precious resources.
Did we mention farming? Well now you can create hydroponic farms to help with cultivate plants. This will offer you a steady source of resources, with ten new plants been included within the update.
You can also use new equipment to help with your travels planet side. You can place save points, build automated harvesters, place waypoints, and even communications terminals. There is even a new Signal Scanner which will help to locate key locations on a planet such as upgrades and mineral deposits.
An interesting new feature is the option to now purchase and summon a huge interstellar freight. You can summon them from anywhere in the galaxy and use them to stockpile resources. They can be customized within the Base Building section and you can build extended cargo holds to expand the capacity of the Freight.
A much needed update included within No Man’s Sky’s Foundation Update is a number of improvements to the UI. There is now a quick access menu, inventory stacking, and symbols have been added for scanned resources and many more. Generally the UI updates look to address a number of the accessibility issues that were present in the base game.
Finally, included in the Foundation Update for No Man’s Sky, is temporal anti-aliasing and motion blur which can be accessed via the visual options menu. There have also been improvements made to terrain generation and colorization algorithms to allow for more interesting planets.
You can read the patch notes in full here but to save time here is a summary video.