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No Man's Sky Atlas Rises update released today
11 August 2017, 07:35 | Justin Tyler
No Man's Sky 1.3 Update Atlas Rises Patch Notes for PS4 and PC REVEALED
Hello Games has released a new update for No Man's Sky that makes some major changes to the experience that launched past year. Yes, it's been nearly a year, but despite going silent for a long time after launch, this will actually be Hello Games' third major update for its beleaguered game.
Earlier this week, we heard that No Man's Sky would be getting a big free expansion this week called "Atlas Rises".
Atlas Rises brings 30+ hours of new story content to the game, which never had much of a story to begin with.
Remember that planet you earmarked as "New Earth" way back when No Man's Sky first came out?
There's new exotic planet types to discover, while the quality of the different biomes have been improved, the exploration of which may uncover crashed freighters, which could be part of a salvage mission for Guild rewards.
Interestingly, Hello Games had this to add: "While interaction with others is now very limited, this is an important first step into the world of synchronous co-op in No Man's Sky".
We're also seeing the beginning stages of a multiplayer system being put into place with Atlas Rising. That more easily enables community meet ups, and for the first time, there's a step toward full co-op play, as you get to see the position of up to 16 other players via floating orbs.
Hello Games is quick to stress that interaction is "currently very limited", although you can use VOIP chat to communicated with nearby explorers. While interaction with others is now very limited, this is an important first step into the world of synchronous co-op in No Man's Sky.
Check out the new update trailer below.
While much of the leaked information was expected based on Murray's previous email to fans, the discovery of a patch notes section titled "Joint Exploration" suggests that multiplayer gameplay is finally being added to the title. The update has already gone live on both PlayStation 4 and PC, so if you're a lapsed No Man's Sky veteran, be sure to give it a look.