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No Man’s Sky 1.2 “Path Finder” now out

Hello Games have just brought in a pile of new features to No Man’s Sky through the “Path Finder” update (version 1.2).

Now players have a selection a land vehicles available to them which give a lot of incentive to travel out further from your bases in collecting resources. Specialisations and class rating now exist for both ships and multi-tools adding further variety to what is available. Finding rares will certainly get some players excited if they also bring in bonuses too. Players can now own multiple ships which is a cool bonus for those owning a freighter as they can now choose to carry mission specific ships.

A Permadeath game mode has been added for those players wanting to test themselves one life at a time. Plenty of visual upgrades have been made to the game too  which I’m looking forward to seeing for myself and PS4 Pro players will get some enjoyment too with the game now taking advantage of the beefier console.

Patch notes follow but further details can be found here. I’ll possibly talk about it further once I’ve had a chance to spend some time crashing my way through a planet in a buggy. 😉

No Man’s Sky is out now for PC and PlayStation 4.

AUDIO

  • 50% more generative soundscapes
  • Additional game loading and game start music
  • Added multi-room base ambiences
  • More detailed rain system, including room dependent and indoor window rain
  • Added indoor storm ambience
  • Changes to reverb system
  • Fix for a flood of sounds which could occur during the tutorial

SHIPS AND SPACE

  • Improved ship landing code
  • Fixed AI ships appearing in the air with landing gear deployed
  • Ship weapons operate using a new multi-mode system
  • Fix for being able to spawn freighters underground while you are jetpacking
  • Prevent all docking points in stations, freighters and outposts being taken by AI ships
  • Fixed issue where ships could occasionally become invisible
  • Fixed an issue where spawning into a freighter in near-planet orbit would occasionally place the player underground
  • Freighter containers now drop less Titanium, Thamium and Copper
  • Freighter containers now have a chance to drop Nanite Clusters
  • Traders can now drop Nanite Clusters
  • Traders no longer drop Copper or Iron
  • Reduced camera shake whilst taking hits in space combat
  • Reduced pirate damage in survival mode
  • Reduced damage on ship laser
  • Tweaked ship exit animations to improve player placement

GAMEPLAY

  • Added damage and resource numbers in combat and when mining, toggleable in the Options menu
  • Allow multiple weapon types on the multitool
  • Free weapons and ships now have broken slots
  • Recruit NPCs have more descriptive names
  • Fixed holes appearing in high detail terrain regions
  • Made player respawn positioning more robust
  • Introduced new growable plant type
  • Fixed slow memory leak in material effects
  • Removed several minor memory leaks on warp
  • Boosted shield recharge rate whilst in caves slightly
  • BoltCaster Rate of Fire and Laser Mining Speed upgrades are now known from start. Tweaked build requirements so that both are possible to build on player’s first planet
  • Drones now drop small amount of zinc on destruction
  • Reduced amount of platinum from depots
  • Fixed Vy’Keen depots dropping titanium instead of platinum
  • Improved balance of hazards on Scorched and Frozen planets
  • Reworked NPC secondary interactions to give you standing in exchange for offerings
  • Reduced the amount of tech given by NPCs. In most cases they will now reward tech fragments instead of blueprints
  • Reduced the amount of tech available for NPC reward
  • Fixed projectiles shooting through certain unmineable substances
  • Adjusted space stations to minimise cases where NPCs intersect with the environment
  • Fixed issue where the suit upgrade chamber would occasionally disappear

BASE BUILDING

  • Fixed NPC terminals and ladders being removed from the central room of bases after the player leaves
  • Moved snap points for the glass corridor to be correctly grid aligned
  • Galactic Terminals now have consistent pricing, regardless of where in a base they are added
  • Fixed plants not being removed after removing the planter below them
  • Deleting a room now refunds not only the room itself, but also its contents
  • Fixed some plants and rocks not being removed when placing down a base building part
  • Fixed the colour of the base terminal light occasionally resetting to red
  • Terminals no longer can be build over windows in the central room
  • Fixed base building colours becoming corrupt under specific circumstances
  • Fixed some NPC missions counting the number of parts in your base incorrectly
  • Fixed landing pad not snapping correctly to some parts
  • Fixed issues where resource harvester would fail to gather resources
  • Left mouse button and right trigger can now be used to build
  • Fixed various precision problems with building in freighters
  • Fixed some cases where grenades would fail to edit the terrain
  • Organised parts in the base building menu to be more intuitive

UI

  • Added animation within the Quick Menu
  • Changed the hyperdrive stat to be measured in Light Years
  • Opening the menu will now return to the last page you viewed
  • Added a new Tech stat section to the Tech info popup
  • Improved mouse smoothing
  • Improved mouse sensitivity
  • Clearer and more detailed multitool, ship and freighter comparison screen
  • Fixed flickering transition between Inventory and Options Menu pages
  • Reduced number of menu options requiring a button to be held rather than pressed
  • Improved responsiveness of button holding
  • Fixed a bug in the options menu where the title bar would flicker
  • Improvements to discovery timeline UI
  • Added “Set Waypoint” option to the solar system pop-up
  • Improved alignment at aspect ratios other than 16:9
  • Prevented player notifications showing up during credits and redeem screen
  • Fixed issue whether error messages would be shown for charging and repairing before the options had been selected
  • Increased icon resolutions to support play at 4k resolutions
  • Fullscreen effects are now correctly displayed when entering a hazard
  • Disabled the quick menu while warping between systems
  • Removed obsolete Generation Detail option in settings
  • Updated display of new discoveries to be clearer and more readable
  • Fixed some Japanese and Russian localisation issues and text overlap
  • Made cinematic black bars less frequent and obtrusive
  • Made is so cinematic black bars can be dismissed
  • Race standing is now displayed on the journey milestone page
  • Fixed various windows occasionally appearing partially offscreen
  • New visuals and backgrounds on mode select, options and inventory screens

VISUALS

  • Reduced banding artifacts on some metallic surfaces
  • Fixed seam artifacts on some normal maps
  • Fixed shadows being too black over water on certain planets
  • Fixed very occasional errant black geometry in space
  • Improved performance of water rendering
  • Improved performance in forward rendering passes
  • Improved performance in spotlight rendering
  • Fixed some issues with flickering lights
  • Correctly oriented IBL map, fixing several lighting issues
  • Fixed issue where vertex displacement would glitch when walking between regions

PC

  • Support for Intel HD Graphics 530, 540, 550, 580, 630, 640, 650
  • Reduced banding artifacts in gamma correction on some GPUs
  • Escape key now goes directly to the quit options page
  • Improved and expanded Steam Controller mapping

PS4

  • Support For PS4 Pro 4K Rendering
  • Support For PS4 Pro Delta Colour Compression
  • Support For PS4 Pro automatic Depth Buffer decompression
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7 replies »

  1. I’d really be interested if they could increase the likelihood of coming across planets that don’t look terrible. It seems like every planet I could across still is a toxic, red planet…

    I might check this out sometime. I’d like to put together something for a year after the game release.

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    • I agree – like you I don’t have much luck finding “nice” planets. They may look pretty but they are usually too cold or toxic or covered in sentinels…

      The additions here do sound like they will help NMS be more of a “game” thanks to specialisations and classes. And the land vehicles may give you incentive to stay on your chosen world too.

      Definitely interested to hear your own thoughts again as the game evolves! 🙂

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