Over the winter, the No Man’s Sky team have enjoyed watching the Xbox and Game Pass Travellers taking the opportunity to secure the rewards from the Expeditions which we re-ran over the holidays. We’ve also been hard at work on some of the exciting things we have in store this year, including the first update of 2022 which releases on Xbox today. We’re calling it Sentinel.
As anyone who’s ever tried to scavenge resources from a closely guarded planet will attest, the Sentinels are a fearsome, omnipresent authority in the universe, vigilantly protecting their territory from looters and pillagers. Whether it’s the seemingly innocuous drones, the towering walkers or the rampant canine-like quadruped, the un-prepared Traveller triggers a Sentinel attack at their peril.
But over time seasoned Travellers have become savvy to the Sentinels’ defenses, and advances in technology and weaponry have diminished their ability to effectively guard their realms.
Seeing the threat posed by experienced survivors and the increasingly complacent way in which they have started to ransack even heavily guarded planets, the Sentinels have been developing a new and enhanced arsenal to bolster their defenses. New weaponry, shields, new types of drone, and a whole new class of Sentinel Exomech mean combat is now the most intense it’s ever been. Mysterious Sentinel PIllars have also been located, awaiting those who would raid their robotic archives for exclusive rewards…
Fortunately, Travellers won’t have to rely on only their wits. Advancements have been made on both sides and experienced players will find a whole war-chest of weapons to counteract the heightened Sentinel threat. Stun grenades, neutron cannons, your own personal automated AI attack mech, and much, much more are available to those who accumulate the necessary expertise and know-how.
The Sentinel update also reveals more of the lore of the Sentinels, the Atlas, and their world of Glass. Where did they come from? Why are they so protective of their domains? Those who complete an extensive new chain of story-driven missions will unlock their very own friendly drone companion!
Over five years and 17 updates later, many areas of No Man’s Sky have been upgraded and enhanced from base-building to visuals to multiplayer. The list goes on. The Sentinel update represents a deep and complete overhaul to one of the areas which we haven’t really focused on for a while – combat. We can’t wait for you to play.
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No Man’s Sky comes complete with all 17 major updates up to and including Frontiers. Inspired by the adventure and imagination that we love from classic science-fiction, No Man’s Sky presents you with a galaxy to explore, filled with unique planets and lifeforms, and constant danger and action. In No Man’s Sky, every star is the light of a distant sun, each orbited by planets filled with life, and you can go to any of them you choose. Fly smoothly from deep space to planetary surfaces, with no loading screens, and no limits. In this infinite procedurally generated universe, you’ll discover places and creatures that no other players have seen before – and perhaps never will again. Embark on an epic voyage At the centre of the galaxy lies a irresistible pulse which draws you on a journey towards it to learn the true nature of the cosmos. But, facing hostile creatures and fierce pirates, you’ll know that death comes at a cost, and survival will be down to the choices you make over how you upgrade your ship, your weapon and suit. Find your own destiny Your voyage through No Man’s Sky is up to you. Will you be a fighter, preying on the weak and taking their riches, or taking out pirates for their bounties? Power is yours if you upgrade your ship for speed and weaponry. Or a trader? Find rich resources on forgotten worlds and exploit them for the highest prices. Invest in more cargo space and you’ll reap huge rewards. Or perhaps an explorer? Go beyond the known frontier and discover places and things that no one has ever seen before. Upgrade your engines to jump ever farther, and strengthen your suit for survival in toxic environments that would kill the unwary. Share your journey The galaxy is a living, breathing place. Trade convoys travel between stars, factions vie for territory, pirates hunt the unwary, and the police are ever watching. Every other player lives in the same galaxy, and you can choose to share your discoveries with them on a map that spans known space. Perhaps you will see the results of their actions as well as your own…