No Man’s Sky Celebrates Its 7th Anniversary with the Launch of Echoes Update Which Adds New Features and More Content

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Fans of the 2016 game may want to revisit it as No Man’s Sky celebrates its 7th anniversary by adding a new robot race with story content. Hello Games has been hard at work with its opus space exploration game and update 4.4, titled “Echoes“, is said to be the biggest of 2023 for it. From a long-lost hidden race of robots to new pirate freighters, a new weapon trading and scrapping system that allows players to become scrap merchants, and more, Echoes aims to breathe more life into the game.

As No Man’s Sky celebrates its 7th anniversary the developers have been adding to it throughout 2023 already with other updates that have added content and features. A virtual holographic museum was added to the game so that players can view their discoveries and a new “Voyager” expedition for players to explore and catalog the universe is said to launch soon. A new Twitch drops campaign is also said to be happening soon. PS VR2 players can now, thanks to this update, enjoy a major quality improvement with foveated rendering and AA has even been improved upon with the Nintendo Switch version. Players can also create a new avatar based on the added robot race.

No Man’s Sky: Echoes details (via official page)

“Our aim with ECHOES has been to breathe new life into the universe, with a new robotic race, our first race introduced since launch in 2016. We have also overhauled space combat with a focus on creating truly epic space battles, introducing freighter-to-freighter battles for the first time.

In ECHOES Travellers will discover a never seen before, long-hidden race of robots with rich new story content. Engage in robot assignments and rituals to earn a huge array of mechanical parts to create your own robotic avatar.

New pirate freighters bring huge space battles to the universe. Defend fleets from pirates. Fly through enemy trenches to sabotage their shields, and destroy them!

Players can search out and assemble their own sci-fi ceremonial staff. Level this up with unique new technology to mine and battle your way through the universe.

Travellers can now search for, trade and scrap weapons, allowing players to become Multi-Tool scrap merchants. Travellers can also choose from a wider array of weapons and tools, including the staff and also a new powerful Atlantid weapon.

This year we introduced the ability to store a catalogue of player’s most wondrous discoveries. A new holographic museum allows you to decorate and display your favourite weird and wonderful discoveries in your base for others to visit and see.

An exploration focused expedition – VOYAGERS – starts soon for explorers and adventurers to explore the universe and catalogue its marvels. Together with a Twitch drops campaign this brings a host of new content and rewards for players.

Rendering quality, stability and performance have had improvements across the board in this update. In particular for PSVR2 players foveated rendering brings a large quality improvement throughout the game. On Switch new performance improvements and a new anti-aliasing solution makes visuals crisper on screen and in handheld. Whether you’re standing on a vista overlooking a planetary landscape, or marvelling at the beauty and the expanse of the solar system, the universe has never looked better!

These are just a few of the things that players can look forward to when they dive into the Echoes update from today.

It has already been a pretty busy year for the small No Man’s Sky team with players enjoying the launch of the FRACTAL and INTERCEPTOR updates and the major SINGULARITY expedition. Fittingly ECHOES marks our anniversary by making our universe more exciting, dangerous and interesting to explore.

Our journey continues.


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