Desolation, an upcoming horror-themed free update that adds abandoned freighters filled with salvage and alien threats – and it’s out today.Desolation will drop abandoned freighters across the game’s galaxy – players can choose to breach their airlocks (alone or in co-op), and explore what waits inside. Freighter interiors will be procedurally generated, and include both hand-written and generated ship logs that tell the stories of how they came to be derelict.Each one is packed with potential salvage, including upgrades for your own capital ships that can only be obtained in abandoned freighters – and the tech you salvage will still resemble the ship you took it form, meaning your ship will tell the stories of where it’s been, visually.
But walking away with those upgrades won’t necessarily be easy. Hazards inside abandoned ships can be varied, from scrambled defense systems, to environmental hazards, to alien infestation.
The series has typically drawn from optimistic ’70s and ’80s science fiction, but Desolation looks to the likes of Ridley Scott’s Alien instead. “Being a small dot amongst the stars can bring a sense of awe and wonder,” explains the press release, “but we’ve always wanted to explore a little more those feelings of fear and dread that come from being alone in the depths of space. Terror in the face of the unknown, or the dawning realisation that you’re treading in the footsteps of those who met a lonely end at the edge of the universe – it’s a rich science fiction tradition, and one not really touched on in No Man’s Sky – until now.”
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The update will also add balance changes for weapons and enemies, plus tweaked effects and feel for weaponry to make for a better combat experience. It also comes with a number of quality of life improvements.