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No Man's Sky Synthesis Update Adds Starship Upgrades, Multiple Weapons, And Much More

Space explorers will have expanded inventories and more control soon, and more features come to VR.


No Man's Sky has another huge update coming on November 28, and it'll add numerous features and improvements to the space exploration game. Update 2.2, which is called Synthesis, is geared towards tackling some of the game's potentially more frustrating elements, increasing storage, and making a few actions easier to perform. This update will be available for the PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One versions of the game.

The first major change is the new Starship Outfitting Terminals you can find at Space Stations, which will allow you to add inventory slots to your ship or upgrade its class with your nanites, so you can improve your favorite ship. You can also salvage ships for scrap here if you have an older model to offload. The terrain editing system has also been improved with better visual effects and new restore and flatten modes, which will give you more control over how you shape the planets you land on. If you made terrain edits within a base, they'll now be protected from regeneration, too.

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Other major changes include the ability to save custom outfits and allowing everyone to control the Exocraft through a first person camera, not just VR players. Speaking of VR, this update has unified features between versions, so you can now use photo mode and ride creatures when playing the game with a virtual reality headset on. Elsewhere, storage containers have been expanded so that you can store much more in them and give them custom names. A new object has been added--the personal refiner, which lets you refine materials without needing a portable model. You will also be able to carry multiple Multi-Tool weapons and switch between them.

There are close to 300 changes made in total, including numerous bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements. We revisited No Man's Sky after the Beyond update for a new review, and found that the game is in very good shape now. Reviewer Justin Clark wrote that "the drastic improvements made to No Man’s Sky in its Beyond expansion are the new gold standard for how to gracefully cope with a game’s flaws post-release."

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