Instead, it was a handsome universe with potential for a fun game to take place in it, released far too early with far too many unrealistic expectations. A mysterious new interdimensional race have appeared. And the newly activated portals seem to be the antidote to the game's 18 quintillion planets big problem, letting players hop around the universe and meet up at known locations, instead of performing oblique triangulations to do so.
Discover the truth behind the Abandoned Building logs, the World of Glass, the Sentinels, the Redemption of the Gek, and the meaning of sixteen...We launched Waking Titan to try to do that. The number of lore and interactions have been doubled. There's now a mission system, new ships, interstellar trading and oh so much more. On that trip, you'll also find new "exotic plant types" on some planets, with Hello Games saying that the look and variety of biomes have been improved.
The developer has also made bew improvements to space flight and combat, with the enemy artificial intelligence having been overhauled, and new difficulties have been added. If you see glowing orbs floating near you, that means that other people are in your vicinity.
If you spot unusual floating orbs on a planet (like the ones above) they're actually other players.
Joint Exploration brings basic multiplayer support to the game.
We know multiplayer was a planned feature for No Man's Sky, with it being downplayed so close to launch that limited edition copies of the game had a multiplayer logo covered up by a sticker. Presumably, then, true cooperative play is in the works, or at least in the cards. If you've been looking for a reason to jump back into the controversial universe simulator, there are about a dozen in the new Altas Rises update.
Your snazzy visor that you use to scan and tag the various flora, fauna and aliens in No Man's Sky has had quite the upgrade. Up to 16 players can see and communicate with each other as they explore the unknown. In the last eight weeks a quarter of a million players from across the globe (174 countries, to be precise!) have come together - united by a shared love of mystery and science fiction - to form the Citizen Science Division.
We're also seeing the beginning stages of a multiplayer system being put into place with Atlas Rising. Full details can be found over here.