When No Man’s Sky was announced it blew gamers’ socks off – well, if they were actually wearing them – with the promise of a space epic on a scale never seen before.

With the game offering some 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 (or, slightly more simply, 18 quintillion) planets to visit, it was fairly certain that no two player’s games would ever be the same.

Actually delivering a game of this magnitude was a big task, and many were ultimately disappointed. Long silences from the developer, Hello Games, didn’t help, but seriously, some people took their hate way beyond the limits of space.

So, Hello Games have continued working on No Man’s Sky since launch a year ago this week, and have already delivered some big updates. To celebrate the first year anniversary, they’ve just announced the 1.3 – or Atlas Rises – update, which will be hitting expectant PS4s any day now.

While full details haven’t been divulged, a post on the No Man’s Sky website promises improvements to the central story, plus a very handy ability in that players will be able to quick travel between locations using portals.

Here’s the full post…

“Hello,

It’s been a year since No Man’s Sky first released, and it’s been an exciting, intense and emotional year for us at Hello Games. We have been quiet, but we have been listening intently.

We’ve spent that year working hard on free updates for this game our team cares about so much.

Update 1.3 will release this week and will be available for free to all No Man’s Sky players. We’re calling it Atlas Rises. It focuses on improving the central story of No Man’s Sky and adds the ability to quick travel between locations using portals. Patch notes will be made available shortly before the update goes live.

What we do is much more important than what we say, but since launch we have sometimes focused too much on that.

We wanted to reach out and celebrate the devoted community that means so much to us. We launched Waking Titan to try to do that.

When we posted those cassettes we didn’t know what to expect. 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. You’ve travelled great distances both real and virtual, undertaken complex tasks, and explored the depths of simulation theory. New friendships have been forged, and a tight-knit community has been created. Most importantly a cute hamster has a new home.

You’ve become part of the No Man’s Sky origin story.

It’s been an honour to watch, but this is just the beginning. Whether you’ve followed Waking Titan or not, we welcome anyone to sign up to the Citizen Science Division, and to join us on the official CSD forums.

Our journey continues.

Thank you for this year. We hope you enjoy what comes next.

Sean”

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