Hello Games has announced the next titled update to come out for No Man’s Sky. It’s called The Abyss, and, according to Hello Games founder Sean Murray, it «focuses on some of the eerier elements of No Man’s Sky.»
In a blog post, Murray revealed that while «most of the team have been busy on weekly updates, a handful have been working on [The Abyss] .» Like Next, the major titled update that released before it, The Abyss will be free for all No Man’s Sky players. Murray reveals the update is releasing «next week» but didn’t confirm a specific day or time. Considering the expansion’s name and spooky theme, it’s probable The Abyss will release prior to Halloween, or the day of.
Hello Games hasn’t yet revealed the contents of The Abyss either, although it sounds as if the update won’t be as large as Next. Next was No Man’s Sky’s largest update to date, implementing several huge changes, such as dangerous Xenomorph-like aliens, space pirates, fleet building, a true multiplayer experience, and more. Next also changed No Man’s Sky economy, transforming how you use certain materials and changing the value of certain elements. Building a reliable income in No Man’s Sky has been a bit harder since the launch of Next, but there are plenty of strategies for making money fast.
In our No Man’s Sky Next review, Justin Clark gave the update an 8/10, writing, «At its absolute best, No Man’s Sky is a measured, gentle experience where you are rarely the agent of change, but a perpetual visitor who’s constantly dwarfed by the magnitude of a universe neutral to your presence. It is not your job in these stories to colonize the universe. Your job is to comprehend it. Your job is to recognize the spirituality in it. The primary gimmick of No Man’s Sky, since day one, has been awe. The best things about the Next update feed that gimmick. While features like multiplayer and base-building certainly put more proverbial asses in seats, they’re also the least memorable additions to an otherwise thoughtful experience.»
No Man’s Sky is available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.