After being silent for a whole two months, Hello Games is back, and they've just released a massive Foundation Update for No Man's Sky, prompting a considerable return exodus from a large portion of PC gamers.
Before the Foundation Update, No Man's Sky was hovering around a paltry 250-500 concurrent players on Steam. In fact, the game's player count started to dwindle as soon as a few weeks after its release. Those numbers took a huge turnaround after the content update hit, with 8090 concurrent players returning on Sunday. Those numbers soon petered off, however, and the numbers are at a more conservative 3,000+ players. For comparison's sake, No Man's Sky hit an insane 212,000+ gamers at its peak.
It seems that the Foundation Update was able to rekindle the playerbase. The update adds a huge array of extra content to the game including on-planet base building, farming, being able to dock your spaceships inside of freights while in space, tons of new materials, three new game modes, and more. Hello Games promises that this is just the "first of many free updates" planned that will expand the game further.