A new free update, titled “The Abyss,” is now available to all No Man’s Sky players on Steam for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. “The Abyss” introduces players to aquatic environments with over five times more variety, new submersible vehicles, improved underwater visuals and much more!
“The Abyss” update for No Man’s Sky is the first major content update since indie United Kingdom developer Hello Games released No Man’s Sky “NEXT” earlier this year.
Here’s the trailer!
As for the gameplay, a new story, The Dreams of the Deep, brings a new context to the depths and a dark narrative to No Man’s Sky. Players are invited to “discover the fate of a troubled crew stranded from a freighter crash by the rising tides or explore underwater ruins to uncover the tale of a lost soul trapped deep beneath the waves.”
During the game, you will be able to master the depths of planets using a new Exocraft, the Nautilon. This submersible vehicle gives “new meaning to underwater navigation, combat and mining – and can be summoned to any ocean on the planet, as well as docked at underwater buildings.” You will be able to upgrade the submersible with installable Submarine Technology and customize your Nautilon to stand out from fellow explorers.
Also, more than a dozen new base parts have been added to unlock more creative possibilities underwater. You have the ability to construct “the new Marine Shelter” for a brief respite from the oceanic pressure, and use its protection to reach new depths.
New glass corridors, viewing bays and multi-story submersible view domes provide travelers the perfect scenery of the surrounding ocean. Players can “now bring their aquatic life into a habitat with a decorative indoor aquarium.”
The variety and visual quality of underwater biomes has been greatly improved through the update. Players can now “experience rare exotic aquatic biomes as they explore new depths. Underwater creatures have become more frequent, and more interesting. Aquatic life inhabits the full depth of the ocean, and unique terrifying creatures can be encountered on the ocean floor.”
Of course, you can also find sunken treasure. You will be able to investigate sunken ruins and find ancient treasures or dive to submerged buildings to find remnants of their lost occupants. “Discover and scavenge lost cargo from gigantic freighter wrecks. Use the terrain manipulator to excavate treasures buried in the nearby ocean floor. Find and repair rare crashed starships to restore them from the seabed to the skies.”
No Man’s Sky is currently available on all major platforms, including PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with the recently released Xbox retail version published by 505 Games.
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