No Man’s Sky developer Hello Games has revealed the next expansion for its space sim, and it’s titled Endurance. The 20th update released to date, Endurance is free to download and available starting today on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Switch.
The focus of this update is primarily managing freighter fleets, customizing your capital ships (you can now build on the outside of them too), and exploring inside them as you traverse the new bridge section. Observing is a big part of the Endurance experience, as you’ll be able to look out over the galaxy from the bridge and other sections of your ship.
Each ship can also be populated with crew members who will keep your freighter running, such as engineers, biologists, and technicians. Freighter exteriors have been visually enhanced, with improved textures, enhanced colors, and highly detailed surface decoration that can be further customized.
Organic frigatebirds now also feature greater diversity and come in a variety of color, shape, and tentacle configurations. You will be able to evolve the traits and stats of your organic ships by feeding them from the Fleet Management screen. Finally, teleportation nodes can be set up at any point on your ship so you can more easily travel between sections.
For fans of space debris, Hello Games has overhauled the asteroid fields to be more detailed and visually exciting, and the black holes have also received an update that adds new visual effects to these huge gravity wells.
The other big addition is the Polestar Expedition, an interstellar cruise where you’ll have to keep your freighter in repair, uncover its mysterious past, and travel across the galaxy at the helm. Complete the expedition and you’ll get exclusive base parts, banners, the fleet commander’s cape, the high-gravity freighter route, a Child of Helios companion, and more. For even more details, you can check out the Hello Games blog.
2022 has been a busy year for No Man’s Sky, with Hello Games also releasing the Leviathan and Outlaws updates months apart. No Man’s Sky is also coming to PlayStation VR 2 and has been redesigned to take advantage of PS5 and PSVR2 hardware.
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