All of the weird egg teases and in-game shenanigans within No Man's Sky of late have all been leading up to this: the Living Ship Update. The space exploration video game today revealed the latest in its series of free updates, and the main takeaway is that players can now grow their own organic, living ships and use them to travel the stars.
More specifically, the video game has added a new class of sentient starships called "Living Ships" that come in a bunch of different shapes, sizes, and colors thanks to the video games procedural generation. Rather than use traditional ship loadouts, Living Ships have their own unique tech, which is -- as is typical -- also procedurally generated.
That's not all that's included in the Living Ship Update, however, as the official patch notes make clear. There are new space encounters, and space NPCs that can hail players while flying around. Hello Games notes that some of these folks will have stuff to sell, but others may set off other encounters and quests.
The Living Ships Update
🥚 Living Void ShipsFebruary 19, 2020
🍆 Organic Technologies
🐔 Origin Story Mission
🦑 Tentacle Cockpit
🐙 Varied Space Encounters
😘 Space NPCS
👍 Quality of Life Improvements
Hello Games founder Sean Murray also shared a lovely Twitter thread about the community response to the teases and in-game response leading into the update, and it's worth reading in full.
You might have noticed since Beyond we've been experimenting with something new - regular feature updates every month or so, along with community missions and new content every week 🥰— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) February 19, 2020
Whilst we continue to work on more radical things longer term in the background, in the meantime we are experimenting with releasing content we know the community would enjoy as soon as we’re able. It's fairly organic, and we'll adapt as we go 🤓— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) February 19, 2020
We're enjoying these more regular updates, and hopefully the community seems to too. This January had more players on all platforms than any previous year, with longer, more varied sessions too. Hopefully folks will be excited about what we’re up to next whatever form it takes 🤖— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) February 19, 2020
What do you think of the Living Ship Update for No Man's Sky? Does it make you want to go out and grow your own spaceship? Let us know in the comments, or hit me up directly on Twitter at @rollinbishop to talk all things gaming!
No Man's Sky is currently available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. You can check out all of our previous coverage of the space exploration video game right here.0comments