Last month saw our first major No Man’s Sky update of 2022, the Sentinel update, and it was so exciting to see our PlayStation community powering up their battle bots and joining the fight against these new threats and challenges. in such large numbers.
Today we are happy to announce our next and 19th update! The Outlaws update is launched today on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PlayStation VR, featuring contraband, enhanced space combat, your own recruitable squadron, a new expedition and the introduction of the first new spaceship to No Man’s Sky since the Living Ship two years ago .
Pirates have taken over space stations throughout the universe, using them as bases from which to conduct smuggling operations and attacks on nearby planets and colonies. Players have a choice: join them as renegades and assist them in their nefarious activities, or go head-to-head in the newly rebalanced and dynamic space combat.
Fortunately, you are not alone in this fight. Players can now recruit their own squadron of pilots, who will warp and join the fray as needed. Explore the galaxy to find your perfect wingmen or upgrade your trusty crew from humble beginnings into an elite unit.
At the heart of the update is an all-new spaceship, the sophisticated new sail-equipped Solar Class. This versatile new ship features unique technology and is most commonly found in systems occupied by pirates.
Additionally, avid ship hunters will be able to find their perfect build without losing any of their existing ships, as the maximum number of ships has been increased from six to nine. All ships are now also equipped with a large capacity specialized cargo inventory, perfect for holding contraband goods…
All of this and more awaits you in the Outlaws update.
Outlaw systems are dangerous and lawless places, with frequent conflict. But all of this presents an opportunity for players to attack passing ships.
A new set of missions leads players to these new pockets of rebellion, and once there they’ll find a specialist bounty master with all-new pirate missions; black market technology vendors with a range of suspicious upgrades; and a chance to acquire illegal valuables elsewhere in the galaxy. Players concerned about hacking can also acquire a fake passport that will allow them to reset any reputational damage caused by their activities.
No Man’s Sky’s first new spaceship since the start of 2020 is a sophisticated, high-tech aircraft. With unique sail and solar-powered engine technology, this is the vessel of choice for those looking to speed between the stars.
Although all solar ships share the sailing philosophy, there is considerable variety within the class. Ship hunters can expect to roam the galaxy in search of the perfect combination to match their existing fleet.
Illegal goods purchased in outlaw schemes can be smuggled into regulated space, where they can be sold for a large profit. But with the smuggler’s life comes danger – the Sentinels are now on the lookout for contraband, and discovery is only a cargo probe away.
All players – not just smugglers – will benefit from the addition of specialized cargo inventories on all starships. These high-capacity slots can store large amounts of cargo, and storage-hungry players can unlock additional slots from the ship upgrade terminal found on all space stations.
Players can now recruit and upgrade their own personal squadron of wingmen to aid them in ship-to-ship combat! Once a squadron bay has been installed on your capital ship, NPC ships can be recruited by talking to their pilots. Each pilot comes with their own abilities and can be upgraded over time to improve combat capability.
Space combat has been rebalanced for speed and excitement. Handling has been improved; weapons have new visual effects; enemy ships have shields; and depth has been added to weapon selection with a variety of specialized secondary effects, such as slowing down enemy engines or disabling shield systems.
Battles between ships can now take place in a planet’s atmosphere. Watch out for pirate raids on planetary buildings, as successfully defending an outpost or settlement offers a health reward!
Flight accessibility has been significantly improved with a new auto-follow mode. This option, set in the main options page, allows players to automatically align their ship with their current target. This mode retains player input to the controls but avoids frustration when locating and locking down enemy ships.
Our journey continues.