No Man’s Sky ‘Desolation’ update lets you explore abandoned spaceships


No Man’s Sky has improved in leaps and bounds since its less than stellar launch almost four years ago. This has happened thanks to the steady stream of patches which have been released over the years, adding new features to the game as well as ironing out bugs.

Major updates in 2017, 2018 and 2019 have kept the game on the radar and let it live up to its promise despite its botched launch all those years ago.

Game developer Hello Games is not yet done patching the game though – a new update for No Man’s Sky titled “Desolation” is now out, adding a bevy of new features and improvements to the game.

The most noteworthy addition are the derelict freighters players will encounter in their journeys through outer space. These freighters are procedurally generated, meaning no two spaceship interiors will be the same, as is the case with No Man’s Sky planets which each are unique due to them being randomly generated.

Going back to the freighters, though, it looks like these giant cargo spaceships will be worth exploring as each has a unique story, making it worth locating the ship logs to discover what happened to the ship’s captain and crew…

This is complicated by the fact that life support systems, and especially the AI security system, have gone haywire on these abandoned ships, meaning exploring these derelict vessels will be a perilous affair.

I also get Alien vibes looking at Hello Games’ trailer below – this is because alien nests can be found on some of the spaceships, meaning players should get ready for close encounters of the third kind as they make their way through the freighters.

Aside from adding the abandoned freighter to the game, this latest update for No Man’s Sky also adds a bevy of graphical improvements to the game, including improved bloom effects and volumetric lighting, the latter further enhancing the atmosphere within the abandoned spaceships as Hello Games explains on the game’s website.

This looks like another great update for No Man’s Sky, then, but after almost four years since release I would expect the game to be patched up and ready by now – while Hello Games’ commitment to No Man’s Sky is commendable, at some point the developer will have to stick the “done and ready” label to this game and move on I guess…

Right now, though, No Man’s Sky is obviously a much better product than it was in the summer of 2016. So those looking to get on board have little to lose by getting hold of the game now, especially as future updates will be free of charge, so here’s hoping there’s more in store for No Man’s Sky players in the months to come, then.