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No Man's Sky Foundation Update adds tons of new content

No Man's Sky is about to get a substantial content update that adds farming, freighters, base building and a lot more
By: Derek Strickland | Gaming News | Posted: 1 week ago

Hello Games has been pretty busy in the past three months, and although the studio alienated its core fanbase, the team has now revealed exactly what they've been working on all this time. The indie devs announced No Man's Sky's new Foundation Update a bit ago, and now they've revealed full details on the massive content update that will ultimately change the game altogether.

 

 

The Foundation Update v1.1 sees No Man's Sky taking a big step towards the content that was promised upon launch, adding in a smorgasbord of features like on-planet base building and the option to dock your ship and live inside of a massive freighter in space, two new game modes including a Minecraft-like Creative Mode and a challenging Survival Mode, farming materials and plantlife within your base or freighter, and even the ability to set up camp and build save points and harvesters that automatically gather resources on-the-fly.

 

Outside of extra content, Hello Games has also optimized a ton of performance options for No Man's Sky on PC. Gamers can now turn off motion blur in the options menu, and the devs have enabled Temporal Anti Aliasing (TAA) to smooth out jaggies and improve visuals.

 

Read Also No Man's Sky Review: Spaced Out

 

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Lower-end PCs can also benefit from a newly added texture streaming feature. Hello Games promises that the Foundation Update is the "first of many free updates" coming to No Man's Sky.

 

Check below for a full breakdown of all the new features and content added in the new Foundation Update, and be sure to scroll down all the way to see the massive list of patch notes.

 

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FREIGHTERS

 

  • Purchase huge interstellar Freighters at great expense, and then summon them from anywhere in the galaxy
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  • Resources can be teleported to your Freighter while on-planet, ideal for stockpiling goods for trading
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  • Customise the inside of your Freighter within the Base Building section
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  • Create extended cargo holds to expand your vessel's capacity, and grow crops of rare resources on board
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  • Transport your Freighter and its cargo to different, more economically favourable systems to maximise your earnings
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  • Use the new recruitment system to crew your Freighter with Engineer, Farmer, Weapons and Science specialists to help research new technologies

 

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BASE BUILDING

 

  • Claim your home planet by finding an uninhabited base and creating your own, fully bespoke outpost.
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  • Construct your homestead for shelter, using modular structures and decorations, replicated from resources gathered while exploring
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  • Recruit alien lifeforms to help research new technology. Farming, engineer, weapons and science specialists are hirable from Space Stations
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  • Use Terminus Teleporters in Space Stations to teleport to and from your base at will
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  • Expand your base with storage containers to stockpile precious resources and rare products
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  • Find an even more beautiful location and you can simply dismantle your previous homestead to refund all of the spent resources

 

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FARMING

 

  • Cultivate biome dependent crops outdoors, or inside your base or Freighter using Hydroponic Labs
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  • Plants grow over time and offer a steady supply of resources to be harvested
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  • Hire a farming specialist to research and grow ten new plant types, and discover new resource elements

 

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NEW RESOURCES & TECHNOLOGY

 

  • Discover new biome and star specific resource types as you explore the universe
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  • Craft the new Advanced Mining Laser and Hazmat gauntlets through base building and use them to gather rare resources
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  • Research and discover dozens of new products, building components and technologies

 

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MAKING CAMP

 

  • Players can now build essential equipment in the field on-planet
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  • Place save points anywhere in the world, crucial for Survival mode
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  • Automated Harvesters gather resources from mineral deposits in your absence
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  • Waypoints can be placed and colour-coded to allow explorers to return to discoveries
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  • Communications Terminals allow explorers to leave sub-space messages for others to find
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  • Discover nearby mineral deposits, uninhabited bases or suit upgrades with the use of a Signal Scanner

 

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General Gameplay

 

  • Fixed technology becoming instantly fully charged when repaired
  • Fixed ship appearing on incorrect pad in space station after loading
  • Added interactable objects that required certain tech to collect
  • Added shootable objects that require certain tech to mine
  • Rebalanced resource availability and technology charge requirements
  • Fixed initial game flow - where travelling to space too quickly after visiting the monolith could prevent the first atlas station notification appearing
  • Prevented player being prompted to scan for buildings before leaving the system after visiting the monolith
  • Prevented laser and melee attacks while in space from attempting to edit terrain
  • Improved calculation of resources received when mining terrain
  • Renamed Signal Scanners to Signal Boosters
  • Signal booster objects updated to search for playable bases, suit upgrade pods, and mineable resources
  • Removed signal booster from being distributed on terrain, as player can now build them
  • Improved accuracy of environment detection, fixing cases where it rained inside caves
  • Fixed galactic waypoints not loading correctly across saves
  • Removed atlas pass v1 requirement from doors in stations
  • Suit upgrade pods are no longer spawned in stations
  • Suit upgrade pods can now only be used once
  • Fixed collision in anomaly that was causing issues when exiting larger ships
  • Increased the number of different NPC character models generated per system
  • Fixed the game always remaining in day time for players who began their save prior to patch 1.03
  • Fixed a potential crash in foliage instance renderer

 

Localisation

 

  • Fixed stats page in asian languages
  • Fixed multiple issues with asian language formatting
  • Multiple improvements and fixes to localisation text in all languages

 

UI

 

  • Added new icons for specific types of primary resources
  • Fixed health bars not appearing on some targets
  • Added hazard and life support drain indicators
  • Fixed mission messages not appearing in a timely fashion
  • Beacons now notify the player that they will save the game
  • Fixed crash when creature IK animations were updated under certain conditions on the discovery screen
  • Improved navigation in discovery UI
  • Massive speed improvements to browsing huge discovery lists
  • Increased size of discovery storage
  • Added option to load "Earliest" previous save in Options menu
  • Fixed weapon naming
  • Added icon to remind players of the reload button when weapon is empty
  • Multiple fixes for viewing discoveries

 

PS4

 

  • Added photo mode
  • Large optimisations to the engine to accommodate base building

 

PC

 

  • Added support for up to 8 mouse buttons
  • Fixed better order position history for mouse smoothing
  • Fixed bug where setting gamma to zero gave a fully bright rather than fully dark image
  • Fixed hard-limiting on save sizes, with appropriate warning about free space on boot
  • Player is now notified when shaders are being loaded
  • Fixed occasional crash on exit
  • Fixed performance of trail renderer for some AMD cards
  • Large optimisations to the engine to accommodate base building

 

Generation

 

  • Added biome specific plants
  • Adopted new method of distributing resource plants on terrain, for more lifelike clumps of plants
  • Improved distribution of plant life across all terrain types
  • Introduced visual differentiation of red, green and blue star systems
  • Introduced new mineable terrain resources found only in red, green and blue star systems
  • Reduced average building frequency
  • Introduced planets with elevated building density
  • Introduced planets with no buildings or sentient life
  • Increased the proportion of lush and tropical planets
  • Decreased the proportion of lifeless planets
  • Fixed bug where multiple ships could appear, overlapping, at the player's start scene
  • Prevented certain building types being incorrectly placed underwater
  • Prevented multiple buildings occasionally being placed in overlapping positions
  • Prevented buildings occasionally being placed intersecting with the terrain
  • Improved and altered per-planet terrain resource generation, improving gameplay and visuals

 

Creatures

 

  • Fixed elevation cache mismatches, causing errors in creature knowledge and pathing
  • Fixed slow memory leak in creature role allocation
  • Improved creature animation speeds
  • Fixed issues where some creatures turns had the incorrect frame count
  • Fixed occasional crash when interacting with creatures

 

Atmospherics

 

  • Increased proportion of vibrant blue skies
  • Corrected cloud levels for clear skies
  • Improved average cloud level settings
  • Fixed cloud rendering while flying in your ship
  • Improved atmosphere depth when transitioning to space
  • Increased fidelity of atmosphere rendering on nearest planet
  • Improved atmospheric fog as you fly to a planet
  • Improved fog method for planets seen on the horizon

 

Terrain

 

  • Improved terrain generation algorithms
  • Improved and extended blend areas between different terrain noise types
  • Terrains now generate more open spaces
  • Smaller features now appear at nearer lods to improve visuals in the distance
  • Fixed objects being placed on incorrect terrain material types
  • Improved resolution of distant planet terrain
  • Decreased differences between planet as seen from space and actual planet terrain
  • Fixed seams on planets when seen from space
  • Improvements to terrain material selection and terrain material blending
  • Terrain generation priority and cost calculation improvements
  • Fixed terrain generation angle calculations, which would previously prevent nearest region being generated first
  • We now generate caves on lower terrain lods to decrease visual differences in lower detail terrain
  • Introduced more varied and vibrant colouring to terrain for each biome
  • Decreased frequency of brown terrain colour selections
  • Changed texture scales to improve transition between terrain lods
  • Improved terrain colour combinations to add variety and better match terrain contouring
  • Improved terrain texture blending method to better retain vibrant colours
  • Improved settings for hue, saturation and value noise variation on terrain
  • Fixed a number of issues causing holes to be seen in the planet terrain
  • Fixed occasional crash when mining terrain

 

Visuals

 

  • Fixed colour of muzzle flashes on player weapons
  • Added muzzle flashes to ship weapons
  • Added cockpit lighting for damage and weapon firing
  • Added debris to freighter explosion effect
  • Improved freighter cargo explosions
  • Improved photon cannon hit and space explosion effects
  • Improved turret explosion effect
  • Improved grass colour selection
  • Improved grass colouring method to match underlying terrain colour
  • Improved grass placement to match gradient of terrain, and rocky terrain slope patches
  • Improved lighting on grass
  • Improved alpha cutoffs and blending for grass in the distance
  • Improved colouring method for on-planet buildings
  • Fixed "pop" in lighting when flying between planets
  • Fixed incorrect lighting seen in shadow areas
  • Improved lighting method when rendering tree leaves
  • Fixed procedural texturing on objects with multiple overlapping textures
  • Fixed size of certain texture atlas normal maps
  • Fixed texture scaling on asteroids
  • Zinc plant is now more obvious when it has been gathered
  • Fixed occasional rendering errors due to precision on cockpit during warp
  • Fixed pulse lines not appearing when pulse driving out from planet atmosphere
  • Fixed shadowing artefacts on imposters

 

Space

 

  • Improved asteroids to allow much denser fields
  • Improved explosion effects
  • Fixed scale of moons on the space map
  • Added freighter groups to the space map
  • Changed distribution of resources in asteroids
  • AI ships will now clear asteroids in their path
  • Planets are now scannable from space to see their resources

 

Space Combat

 

Fixed bounty targets warping out too soon

Improved HUD indicators in space combat

Added damaged ship effect on AI starships

Added formation flying

Improved locking on passive starships

Improved AI combat flight patterns

Added new ship weapon technology

Holding brake whilst turning now activates drift for fast turns

Improved AI ship freighter attacking

Improved freighter targeting code when under attack by enemy ships

 

Freighters

 

  • Fixed pulse drive to prevent travel through freighters
  • Improved docking code
  • Added hangar to the lead freighter
  • Added docking in freighters
  • Added icon to accessible freighter hangars
  • Added colouring to cargo drops to identify what is in them
  • You can now only pick up cargo drops that will fit in your inventory
  • Added auxiliary freight ships to freighter groups
  • Added alert lights and alarm audio for when freighters are in combat
  • Improved turret lights and explosions
  • Improved muzzle flashes on freighter turrets
  • Added indicator of cargo contents
  • Freighter Commanders now give rewards for rescuing them from pirate attack
  • Fixed collision on freighter cargo containers

 

Audio

 

  • Updated the lush ambience to make the wind sounds less noisy
  • Ambient background fauna now checks for the presence of creatures
  • Added rain on foliage
  • Added rain on ship
  • Added freighter specific footsteps
  • When on a dead planet, no music will play
  • Round table prop now plays an appropriate sound
  • Added more music to the loading sequence and game start
  • Added audio to new base building props
  • Created sounds for new base building props
  • Added audio to freighter doors and internal freighter ambiences
  • Added freighter explosions
  • Added freighter alarm
  • Added ambient radio comms when approaching a freighter
  • Fixed missing sounds when in a space station due to the mix settings
  • Multi-tool upgrades now affect audio
  • Lots of minor mix changes
  • Changed some compression settings for PS4 audio to make the sub-channel audio play more reliably

NEWS SOURCES:No-mans-sky.com

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