It's been five years since No Man's Sky launched to what could be considered a disastrous start to the ambitious, space-faring exploration game by Hello Games. Since then, though, it has morphed into one of the most beloved titles this past generation, and yesterday the team announced its 17th expansion and reflected on five years since launch.
The update, Frontiers, was announced via its website yesterday, celebrating the fifth anniversary of the release of No Man's Sky. While not much was really made known about Frontiers, the Hello Games team took some time out to talk about the last five years and what its meant to be able to, effectively, rise out of the ashes its launch.
"We knew this was the start of a journey, but never expected what a wild ride it would be. Today we’d like to take a moment to appreciate this milestone together. It hasn’t always been easy, but the thing that has been our guiding star throughout has been the players and the community. Behind every update, every video, every feature and line in a patch note is a team that cares so deeply for this game.
We’re so proud of what we’ve built and the major advances that the game has received. Multiplayer, base-building, VR, cross-play, next-gen updates, pets, expeditions, mechs, living ships… it’s a pretty long list. Watching that video even the team is surprised by just how much No Man’s Sky has changed over the years, but also how close it has stuck to that central vision of building a universe to explore."
Murray himself took to Twitter to touch briefly on how the guiding light of the game itself has been its community ever since launch.
It hasn't always been easy, but the thing that has been our guiding star throughout has been the players and the community ??Behind every update, every video, every feature and line in a patch note is a team that cares so deeply for this game ??— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) August 9, 2021
While Frontiers is mentioned as the seventeenth content update, expected to arrive this year, not much is actually mentioned about what players can expect from the Frontiers update. However, like all updates, you can expect that it will be free for all No Man's Sky players. However, on the PlayStation blog, Murray mentions that is a "missing piece of the sci-fi fantasy that we've always wanted to add."
"And finally, as we push forward to 2021, our next update Frontiers is something I’m very excited about. In some ways it is just another update, but in other ways it’s a missing piece of the sci-fi fantasy that we’ve always wanted to add, and very fitting for our fifth anniversary."