No Man’s Sky Outlaws update revamps space combat

No Man’s Sky’s latest free update brings squads and teammates you can upgrade, and kicks things up a notch in revitalizing space combat.

Bringing in a new system that will make you feel less alone and more like a pack of roving fighters is more than welcome. From the look of the “rebalances for challenge, flow, and speed” in space combat, the help is going to be appreciated, and the additional spatial effects overhaul looks as dramatic as advertised.

Space hacking and smuggling are also on the menu, with the Outlaw update setting up systems to run illegal shipments, customs scans, and ways to evade authorities. Although it will make it much spicier to be a space trucker, since you can now be a illegal space trucker, and you can also visit Outlaw stations that are not protected by the Sentinels. Hosting Contraband Markets, different Tech Merchants, and unique Mission Agents, Outlaw Stations look like a combination of risk and reward for daring players.

A host of other changes and additions have arrived with Outlaw, including the addition of shields for additional protection. This comes with a rebalancing of starship weapons that will allow you to cause special effects such as stealing shields to strengthen your own, knocking out enemy engines, or simply increasing your damage when hitting the right defense type.

To match the changes in technology, a new class of high-tech spacecraft is coming in the form of Solar Ships. Described as “versatile and efficient long-range travelers”, they don’t exactly provoke images of daring combat, but seem like a great choice for roaming the galaxy while listening to some trippy music of choice.

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On a larger scale, pirates will actually drop into planets’ atmospheres to attack settlements, bombarding the surrounding area and probably humming Wagner’s Flight of the Valkyries like any good pilot. It’s also a good way to show off atmospheric combat, which is another new addition worth checking out.

Full Outlaw update details can be found here.

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