With No Man’s Sky underwater revamp update The Abyss less than a month old, Hello Games has unexpected raised its timid head above the parapet to announce a brand new update, entitled Visions, which is due for release today on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox.
The biggest draw from the Visions patch notes published over on the No Man’s Sky official website is diversity and weirdness. As the notes put it ‘discover a more varied, more diverse universe in the Visions update. Introducing new planetary biomes, more colorful worlds, new fauna and flora, archaeology, salvaging, and much more’.
In a similar fashion to the huge NEXT update released back in the summer, though on a humbler scale, Visions rejigs the visual flair of the space faring sim with brand new anomalous planetary biomes focused on the weird. This applies visually to the sky, water, and grass, as well as to the fauna peppering planets with new plant movement pushing further towards the 1970s sci-fi aesthetic No Man’s Sky has long fostered. Flora now comes in more hazardous forms, including carnivorous plants and even sentient minerals that are now mobile.
Ambient weather has also received some love and players can now spot the occasional rainbow during and after storms. In addition, hazardous storms can now activate rare crystals worth a healthy bundle at the local galactic trade hub.
Crashed freighters now benefit from the same procedural generation treatment as numerous other elements of the game, and will spawn in various different forms and layouts with precious treasures to be uncovered among the debris.
In keeping with the diversity theme, Hello Games has introduced mysterious artifacts that can be showcased as trophies and memories of having explored the most extreme, exotic planets. The skeletal remains of long-dead alien lifeforms can now be unearthed and sold for a nice profit. On certain planets, players can now find fallen satellites and salvage scrap from them though disturbing these once celestial orbiters may result in unwanted attention from new corrupted sentinel drones.
To top all this off, community research missions now track progress globally with a shared common goal, new emotes, firework celebrations, building parts, and the elusive Eye of the Korvax helmet.
The patch has a few bug fixes and UI improvements. For a more detailed look and extensive screenshots, take a gander at the patch notes right here or check out the trailer for Visions with a rundown of all the new features just below.