Editor’s take: I do not normally report on No Man’s Sky expeditions as a result of they usually do not add any vital new content material aside from just a few beauty gadgets. Unlike main updates, expeditions are primarily a set of missions and rewards that power gamers into the identical area of the universe leading to extra multiplayer experiences.
However, Hello Games dropped an expedition on Wednesday, considerably breaking that mildew. It provides a twist on gameplay that makes it considerably Roguelike whereas additionally providing a singular reward in your frigate fleet.
Expedition Seven: Leviathan performs a lot in another way than in earlier expeditions. It nonetheless has a lore-filled story to observe and the hunt-and-fetch missions that we’re used to however turns the problem as much as survival mode settings. You will die, and while you do, you must begin over from scratch with a brand new randomized loadout.
Warning: Minor spoilers for the single-player marketing campaign observe. Skip the next paragraph to keep away from them.
The plotline is that gamers are trapped in a time loop, which isn’t exterior of No Man’s Sky canon contemplating the principle quest is in regards to the universe repeatedly resetting itself. Relatively, early on within the sport, you start to appreciate that some starship wrecks are merely previous iterations of your self. Later you discover that the universe is nothing greater than a pc simulation on repeat. There’s extra to it than that, however that is the overall gist.
As gamers discover Leviathan, they are going to discover “Memory Fragments” from earlier loops. These fragments grant the participant know-how upgrades which will assist them survive a bit longer of their present loop. The aim is to interrupt out of the time loop, however this requires cooperation from the whole group.
Travelers can solely break the cycle by conducting analysis for the Anomaly’s Specialist Polo. Like different expeditions, gamers can work their means by solo. However, when you have undertaken analysis missions within the vanilla sport sufficient, you may need discovered that they’re simpler and faster to finish in teams.
Whether you go it alone or in a bunch, HG says, “The extra Travellers that take part within the analysis, the stronger the Memory Fragments turn out to be, manifesting in higher upgrades, extra stock area, and stronger Multi-Tools and starships.”
Getting highly effective gear upgrades permits gamers to last more within the loop.
Of course, there’s a complete lore narrative that performs out whereas exploring. It is revealed and unwound as you “observe the path of your earlier iterations.” It finally leads you to the expedition’s grand prize, which is greater than beauty. Players finishing Leviathan will obtain a colossal area creature that they will add to their capital ship’s fleet of frigates.
Leviathan is simply the second expedition that has supplied a singular frigate. Last May, the Mass Effect crossover, Beachhead, awarded gamers with the SSV Normandy so as to add to their fleet. In addition to the large prize, gamers can win avatar and base cosmetics by reaching milestones as ordinary, together with a child Leviathan for his or her bases.
Expedition Seven: Leviathan begins right now and continues for the subsequent six weeks.