Now that the dust has settled on No Man’s Sky NEXT’s meteoric launch, players are exploring ways to expand their celestial empires in increasingly creative ways. One of which looks at the time-consuming practice of intricate base building. However you play Hello Games’ space sim, grinding is part and parcel of any form of advancement. Gathering resources and unlocking all base components can be time consuming at best, and a tedious chore at worst.
The newly formed Galactic Construction Company offers a unique service in that the company will build your base for you. As GCC says, it’s ‘your one stop shop for custom bases in No Man’s Sky. You dream it. We build it’.
GCC have even created its own logo and Facebook page, which reads very much like any run-of-the-mill construction company with examples of past work, promises of customization, and even a few customer reviews, all written in sufficiently salesy copy. There’s a well stacked portfolio of completed projects for potential customers to peruse as well.
Payment is accepted in No Man’s Sky’s in-game currency via high-value trade commodities such as the Stasis Device, which can fetch upwards of 15 million units. Jobs are quoted based on build time and design complexity with prices ranging from 25 million units for a modest project, while a build maxing out the base limit can fetch around 800 million units.
Once a build has been commissioned, a player plops down a base computer and invites GCC to their game. From there, the company gets to work while players can continue careening through the great unknown among the stars, or stick around to watch their new home come to life.
Currently, GCC only operate on PlayStation 4 and PC, though plans to expand to Xbox One are in the works once competent Xbox based builders are found and recruited.
GCC has not mentioned how after sales support will work or whether they offer some form of insurance should a base be wiped during a universe reset. Nor do they seem to have any plans in place for late payments. Maybe a galactic debt collecting agency will pop up next to chase players around the galaxy for unpaid dues.
GCC existing is testament to how much NMS has changed, empowering players with trading mechanics sufficiently robust to allow a fledgling internal economy to appear. Things should get interesting once a rival construction company begins operating. It might even herald the start of galactic construction wars.