Celebrating No Man’s Sky’s 5th Anniversary


Today, No Man’s Sky celebrates a major landmark in its ongoing journey. 

5 years ago, the first travelers were setting foot on their first planet, gazing on their first star system, and embarking on a journey which many are still on to this day. On that day back in 2016, our small team could barely have imagined what lay ahead.

The game has seen 16 major free updates to date, perhaps the biggest coming in 2018 when we released the Next Update and Xbox players joined the community for the first time.

Since then we have introduced pets, visuals enhancements, living ships, mechs, abandoned freighters, expeditions, more varied biomes, cross-play, and much, much more.

Another major moment came in 2020 when we opened the door and saw a huge number of new travelers flood into the universe with our entry into Xbox Game Pass. Overnight, the Nexus (in-game social hub) was flooded with players looking to connect and embark on interstellar missions together.

No Man’s Sky players spend hundreds of hours in the game, building bases, embarking on community missions either solo or with groups of friends, or following the path to the center of the universe. At the next generation launch, we were delighted to welcome players with an enhanced, ultra version of that universe, as just another free upgrade. Xbox players are a large part of our ever-growing player base which we are proud to say is one of the most welcoming communities in all of gaming. 

It has been a long journey for our tiny development team, but there is still a long road-map ahead of us. The next update is never too far away. In fact, today, we are announcing that the next update will be Frontiers, with more info coming soon.

Our journey continues.

No Man’s Sky

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No Man’s Sky comes complete with all 12 major updates up to and including Origins, our 3.0 update which dramatically expands the universe.

Inspired by the adventure and imagination that we love from classic science-fiction, No Man’s Sky presents you with a galaxy to explore, filled with unique planets and lifeforms, and constant danger and action.

In No Man’s Sky, every star is the light of a distant sun, each orbited by planets filled with life, and you can go to any of them you choose. Fly smoothly from deep space to planetary surfaces, with no loading screens, and no limits. In this infinite procedurally generated universe, you’ll discover places and creatures that no other players have seen before – and perhaps never will again.

Embark on an epic voyage
At the centre of the galaxy lies a irresistible pulse which draws you on a journey towards it to learn the true nature of the cosmos. But, facing hostile creatures and fierce pirates, you’ll know that death comes at a cost, and survival will be down to the choices you make over how you upgrade your ship, your weapon and suit.

Find your own destiny
Your voyage through No Man’s Sky is up to you. Will you be a fighter, preying on the weak and taking their riches, or taking out pirates for their bounties? Power is yours if you upgrade your ship for speed and weaponry.
Or a trader? Find rich resources on forgotten worlds and exploit them for the highest prices. Invest in more cargo space and you’ll reap huge rewards.
Or perhaps an explorer? Go beyond the known frontier and discover places and things that no one has ever seen before. Upgrade your engines to jump ever farther, and strengthen your suit for survival in toxic environments that would kill the unwary.

Share your journey
The galaxy is a living, breathing place. Trade convoys travel between stars, factions vie for territory, pirates hunt the unwary, and the police are ever watching. Every other player lives in the same galaxy, and you can choose to share your discoveries with them on a map that spans known space. Perhaps you will see the results of their actions as well as your own…

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