No Man’s Sky Update 1.2: PS4 Pro Support, Online Base Sharing, Permadeath Mode & Much More

March 8, 2017Written by Jason Dunning

Hello Games has fully detailed No Man’s Sky Update 1.2 (aka the Path Finder Update) for PlayStation 4 and PC, which includes PS4 Pro support, a permadeath mode, base sharing, planetary vehicles, and much more. You can see a preview of some of the features in the above trailer.

And here’s the patch notes for the new No Man’s Sky update:

PlayStation 4 Pro

PS4 Pro support has been enabled allowing 4K resolution gameplay. 4K rendering on PC has also been optimized. Together with visual improvements for all versions, No Man’s Sky has never looked better:

  • Support For PS4 Pro 4K Rendering
  • Support For PS4 Pro Delta Colour Compression
  • Support For PS4 Pro automatic Depth Buffer decompression

Visual Updates

  • High and ultra resolution textures
  • More accurate Ambient Lighting
  • Horizon Based Ambient Occlusion
  • High contrast lighting effects
  • Crepuscular Rays from the Sun
  • Improved post-processing with several filter options
  • HDR mode for compatible monitors and televisions

Online Base Sharing

  • Bases can now be shared online, allowing other players to discover and explore your outpost.

Own Multiple Ships

  • Use the enormous hanger in your Freighter to purchase and store your own collection of starships.
  • This is even more meaningful with the introduction of ship specialisation, classes and the ability to trade in previous ships against new purchases

Starship Specializations

Find and collect the perfect starship with new specialisations and classes:

  • Each starship has a specialisation (Shuttle, Fighter, Hauler or Science) that improves performance in specific areas.
  • Shuttles are all-rounders, Fighters specialise in combat, Haulers have expanded cargo holds and Science vessels feature increased warp capabilities
  • In addition to new ship types, all ships will now be class-rated: A, B, C or the ultra rare S class.
  • When purchasing a new ship, you’ll now be given the option to trade in your current ship for a discount.

New Vehicles – Exocraft

Master the surface of your home planet using new Exocraft. These land-based vehicles give new meaning to planetary navigation, combat and mining – and can be summoned from anywhere on the planet they were constructed upon:

  • The smallest Exocraft is the Nomad. What it may lack in cargo space, this hovercraft makes up for in speed, agility and its ability to glide over water
  • The mid-range Exocraft is the Roamer, a great all-rounder capable of quickly crossing rugged terrain and adapting to most situations
  • Finally, the Colossus is the largest of the Exocraft. This lumbering behemoth offers an enormous cargo hold perfect for those looking to harvest resources

Acquire Exocraft by hiring a Vy’keen Technician for your planetary base and completing a new series of missions:

  • Mount powerful mining lasers and harvest resources with far greater efficiency
  • High-intensity long-range scanners aid the discovery of distant buildings, objects and resources
  • Equip weapons and eliminate threats with increased firepower
  • Boost your vehicle’s speed with the acceleration module

Exocraft Races

Hone your driving skills by building your own race circuit on your home planet. Find the most interesting planet, create a time trial and challenge others to beat it:

  • Obtain the Race Initiator and place it inside your Base Building zone
  • Hop into your vehicle and drive the route you’d like to map out, dropping checkpoint markers anywhere on the planet
  • Once a circuit is complete, race the track over and over to set an unbeatable lap time
  • Players visiting your base via Base Sharing will be able to race using the circuit you created, challenging themselves against your split times.

New Shops and Traders

New traders have been added to space stations and bases, as well as a new currency:

  • A valuable new currency called Nanite Clusters can be found in various locations including abandoned bases and cargo crates
  • Blueprint stock will refresh periodically, so check back from time to time to see if any new or rare blueprints have become available.
  • Traders aboard space stations will exchange Nanite Clusters for your choice of blueprints
  • Your standing with the three NPC factions is now more important, as traders will only sell the best technology to their closest allies
  • Your standing with a faction can be improved by offering relics and curiosities to their representatives, or through conversation choices
  • Seek out Vy’keen traders for Multi-tool technology, Gek for ship upgrades and the Korvax for Exosuit improvement blueprints
  • A new building trader will now visit your home base, and will sell new base constructs in exchange for credits

Base Building Variety

Customisation options for your base have more than doubled:

  • More than 40 new base-building parts have been added, including coloured lights, stairs, observation domes and more
  • Personalize your base further with new material aesthetics including Wood, Stone, Metal as well as several new colours
  • Put the finishing touches to your home, choosing from an array of new furniture finishes
  • Decorate your walls with dozens of new decals. Earn extra decals by visiting the bases of other players

Multi-Tool Specialization and Classes

Multi-tool specializations and classes have been introduced. Choose between pistol, rifle, experimental and alien specializations:

  • Pistols offer increased mining capabilities, Rifles provide combat advantages and Experimental weapons are attuned to scanning. The rarest and most powerful are Alien Multi-tools
  • Similar to starships, weapons are also S, A, B or C class-rated
  • When purchasing a new Multi-tool, you can now trade in your current model for a discount

New Weapon Modes

Three new weapons can be installed into Multi-tools alongside the existing Boltcaster weapon. Each weapon provides a unique combat style:

  • The Scatter Blaster is most effective in close range encounters, able to damage multiple foes at once
  • The Pulse Spitter is ideal for mid-range skirmishes, particularly against fast moving opponents
  • The Blaze Javelin is a long range weapon, capable of eliminating enemies from afar

New ship weaponry offers advanced tactical opportunities:

  • The Cyclotron Ballista fires a concentrated ball of charged particles at forward targets, causing heavy damage
  • The Positron Ejector shoots in a wide cone of destruction
  • The Infra-Knife Accelerator releases a sustained burst of rapid fire

Permadeath Mode

  • A new Permadeath mode has been added, offering the greatest challenge yet. The consequences of death will be absolute.
  • The difficulty level of Permadeath mode mirrors Survival mode
  • Survival mode difficulty has been further increased. Dying in space will now restart you on the nearest planet’s surface, away from your crashed ship
  • Prove your mettle by unlocking new survival and permadeath Trophies

Photo Mode

  • Find the perfect angle for your shot in free camera mode, revealing your Starship in third person
  • Pause and change the time of day for the perfect lighting conditions
  • Change cloud layers and fog density to take the most atmospheric shots possible
  • New photo filters can be used to add ta finishing touch
  • Share your favourite screenshots with the community using PS4 or Steam sharing functionality

Discovery Menu

  • Your home planet is marked on the Galaxy Map, giving you a clearer feeling of your place in the universe
  • Use the discovery page to easily browse planetary information, including resource and biome data.
  • Previously visited planets can be marked with Waypoints, simplifying return navigation

Music From 65daysofstatic

  • Our favorite band 65daysofstatic has been back in the studio recording 8 new soundscapes for in-game, as well as lots of new loading music.

Quality of Life Improvements

  • It is now possible to skip the ‘Journey Milestone’ black bars, and these have been reduced or removed in many areas.
  • NPC interaction text now appears faster, and can now be skipped.
  • The option to return to ‘Game Mode Select’ has been added, allowing players to quickly change game mode
  • A Mission Log has been added to allow players to track multiple objectives
  • The user interface has been made easier to read in many places, and background graphics have been added
  • Atmospheric low-flight has been adjusted and improved
  • Ships, weapons, vehicles, freighters and bases can now all be renamed.
  • Long-clicks have been removed in many menus places to allow for faster interface navigation

You can learn more about the Path Finder Update over here.

At the end of the trailer, Hello Games teases that more is on the way for No Man’s Sky.

Will you be revisiting No Man’s Sky this week?

[Source: No Man’s Sky]