Researching “another iteration of the universe”.
Hello Games has announced the first in a series of No Man’s Sky community events, which will centre around returning character Specialist Polo’s discovery of “another iteration of the universe” and task players with helping them learn more about this “glitch in reality”.
The news was announced in a blog post, with studio boss Sean Murray clarifying that the community events will be open to all explorers who have completed the first Space Anomaly mission, with Specialist Polo contacting these players directly to ask for assistance.
This week’s event has been referred to as “the first chapter” of an ongoing research project and tasks players with visiting “a specific corner of the galaxy” (although no details of where that is are given in the post) to excavate and return a selection of “strange objects” which have begun spawning underground. Returning these objects will reward players with Quicksilver, a valuable resource that can be used to create a variety of exclusive exotic collectables.
The initial haul consists of six base-building parts, three decals, a new emote (Mind Blown) and a new character customisation (Sparse Horizon Helmet) – although more is promised, with an assurance this will expand to more than 50 items in the weeks to come. Future offerings will include “exocraft, and more”. Murray also promises there will be more ways to earn Quicksilver, and that the events will “grow in functionality” over time.
In an accompanying tweet, Murray clarified that all the community updates will be totally free, with no microtransactions.
Community missions allow players to earn Quicksilver, to exchange for items built by Polo’s robotic companion. Character customisation, new emotes, trophy base building parts and more. These will grow over time, and everything will be free with no microtransactions. pic.twitter.com/6ZbjJRMd1F
— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) August 30, 2018
The blog post also gave an update on the Galactic Atlas, a companion website which features points of interest nominated by the players themselves. Based on player feedback, the Atlas now features new regional hubs, as well as indicating discovery progress for each region, the names of leading explorers, and an indication of where the community research event s taking place.
The latest update comes as part of a larger overhaul represented by the game’s recent relaunch as No Man’s Sky NEXT, a major update which saw sweeping changes to the game based on player feedback, including multiplayer functionality as well as overhauling the game’s procedural generation mechanics.
No Man’s Sky is available now for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
For more on No Man’s Sky, check out our review of the NEXT update, take a look at the No Man’s Sky wiki, or see what Sean Murray has to say about the game’s past, present and future.