No Man’s Sky Outlaws update makes piracy a lot more fun

What just happened? The latest batch of free content from No Man’s Sky arrived on Wednesday. Update 3.85 is called “Outlaws” and it adds a ton of new content to the game, including missions, starships, planetary raids, and more.

As the name suggests, Outlaws is all about allowing players to become pirates. While gameplay has always allowed piracy to some degree, Update 3.85 expands on that aspect, making it a more unique and rewarding experience.

The galaxy is now littered with outlaw systems. These locations are quite different from civilized space. First, there are no sentries, making them a perfect place for bandits to set up bases and engage in illegal trade. Even the space stations have been taken over and are friendly to bandits.

Hello Games has added a few nuances to make playing as a pirate rewarding and more realistic. Now players can smuggle smuggled items out of an outlaw system and resell them in normal items for a huge profit. Cargo ships can now also hold more to make smuggling more profitable and satisfying. But be careful. In regulated space, sentry patrols will scan players’ ships for contraband and respond accordingly.

Fortunately, the new item “forged passports” added with the update can protect the illegitimate persons from unwanted attention. These can also come in handy when completing the all-new outlaw story missions. Hello Games did not disclose how much new gameplay had been added, but previous story content additions included several hours of scripted content.

Players can also hire NPCs to accompany them on cargo flights, dogfights and the new planetary incursions. The wingmen can be upgraded, allowing players to customize each of their outlaw companions. Also, when attacked by sentries or other pirates, players can participate in air battles in a planet’s atmosphere, and their crew will help.

Aside from all the pirate goodness, HG has added a few things for everyone to enjoy. One is a new class of starships – Solar Ships – equipped with cool transforming solar sails. Solar ships are not just re-skinned spaceships. They have unique features and weapon systems. They can also travel further thanks to their sails that ride on solar wind.

Most notably, HG has finally implemented one of its most requested features in recent years: an increase in the limit on its own spaceships. Previously, players could only have six, which were housed in their freighters. The developers increased that limit to nine. Cargo ships have always had nine landing places – six for your own ships and three for merchants to trade on your ship. Hello Games didn’t say if the landing spots have increased, so it may be a matter of choosing to have more ships versus continuing to trade on your freighter.

The Outlaws update also brings numerous visual upgrades and quality of life changes. Space battles have been rebalanced and explosions in space and on planets are more dramatic. Frigates are now visible from the Earth’s surface (previously only freighters were visible). Energy shields have been revamped to vary in strength and charging speed. They now also have a visual appearance during dogfights. Weapon effects are also different.

An all-new fabric physics engine simulates banners and flags more realistically. The developers have added customizable capes as another garment of your avatar to make this revision even more meaningful.

Finally, HG added an accessibility feature called Combat Autopilot, which allows players’ ships to track and track enemies in dogfights so that they only have to focus on operating the weapon system. Do not worry. Players can turn it on and off in the game settings.

As usual, there are far too many minor features and bug fixes to list, so check the release log to see what Update 3.85 has to offer.

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