No Man’s Sky’s Halloween expedition, Emergence, could not be more Dune-inspired

    
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No Man’s Sky is doing something a little different with today’s release. “As the end of October approaches, we are thrilled to announce a new seasonal event for No Man’s Sky,” Hello Games says. “Expedition Four: Emergence begins today, and will run over the course of Halloween! This is our first Expedition to feature a narrative, and is also a mini-update, bringing with it a host of enhancements for across the game.”

The expedition highlights some very Dune-esque Titan Worms, as players are marooned on a desert world of dust storms and sandworms and are tasked with various quests to destroy said worms, unearth a dark cult, and “ultimately confront the Atlas with evidence of this indelible stain upon the universe.”

In addition to the new ridable mega worms, players can expect improved particle effects for all kinds of phenomena, exclusive rewards for the expedition, and a whole bunch of cosmetics, including a gross alien head cosmetic and a trail that spews tiny worms. Yep.

Source: Official site. Cheers, Freddyy!
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elenie

I’ve been loving the expeditions since they’re a good reason to come back and check out the new features. It’s also (mostly) nice to see a lot of other people playing nearby while still not being forced to group to get through the objectives.
Kudos to Hello Games for improving No Man’s Sky so much over the years! Also can recommend their new game “The Last Campfire” though it’s a very different genre.

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EmberStar

I hope it’s fun for someone. I haven’t touched “Expeditions.” I haven’t even played since that started to become the new form of content drop. The little I know about them is that they’re exactly the opposite of what I’d want from NMS – I have less than no interest in starting new characters and teaming up with random strangers in this game.

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MassivelyMacD

I played through all of the previous ones and never had to team up. In fact, they are a fun change from the normal NMS play sessions.
Apart from that, expeditions are by far not the only form of content drop. There are still the good old regular free updates to a 5 year old title that contain lots of new content. What’s not to like?

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Schmidt.Capela

About teaming up, given the amount of bugs the game still has when too many players are in the same place, many players recommend disabling multiplayer while doing them, even if you usually play in multiplayer.

(Though the multiplayer is now far less buggy than in the first expedition. The expeditions served as stress tests for the game’s multiplayer.)

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Sleepy

“I’ve never tried this but I really don’t like it”

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EmberStar

I don’t need to eat broken glass covered in shit to know I don’t like it, either. Why would I try something when the description of the intended mode (multiplayer and starting a new character) is exactly what I DON’T want to experience, ever? Even if the multiplayer is optional, I have NO interest in making a new character.

This is actually one of the few games where even the IDEA of starting over can just **** right off, as far as I’m concerned. I’ve spent fifteen or twenty hours playing it, I’ve barely unlocked the Living Ship and the mech, my freighter barely has enough room to carry a clown car, and I can’t even *build* a decent base because I have no idea where to find most of the weird materials. And the Expeditions demand that I start over? Screw that.

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Utakata

If you are planning on getting someone to try something, this is probably not the best way to do it. Just saying…

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Sleepy

You’re right Uta. Given their response, I probably should have used:

“I’ve never tried this, but the mere fact that it exists drives me into a bizarre murderous fury” :p

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EmberStar

I didn’t get this game on pre-order. I got it after launch, *after* it was confirmed that Sean Murray was (at best) not being truthful about it containing multiplayer. I have been increasingly unhappy with every addition they’ve made to try to MAKE it more online and more multiplayer. Essentially the final straw was the mission to GET the living ship – every player has to visit the same preselected planet. Even if you turn multiplayer OFF, the player structures remain.

I spent FOUR HOURS trying to finish what should have been a ten minute mission, because some people decided the best way to “make their mark” was to put an impenetrable BOX on top of all of the possible quest objectives. I had to circle the planet for HOURS before I finally tripped over three that either hadn’t been blocked off or where someone had built a structure to PREVENT people from blocking it. That’s aside from the “oh so clever” dick-o-saurus names that everyone seems to give to any wildlife they bother to name.

I didn’t get this game for multiplayer. And given how mechanics like base building and ship upgrading works, I don’t have any desire to start a new character. I barely want to keep playing the one I’ve invested a ton of time into. But sure, I guess you being patronizing about it is *totally* going to change my mind about what I enjoy or want to experience in a game.

*Edit* And the reason it “drives me into a fury” is that all the rewards they’re adding? Are exclusive to the Expeditions. The ONLY way to get them is to do something I already KNOW I don’t want to touch. So yes, this content existing in this form annoys me greatly.

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Sleepy

So let me get this straight. You bought a toy. It was an ok toy, and you got your play time out of it. But a lot of people thought it should have been a lot better, so the shop gave you 17 additional free toys, all of increasingly higher quality. They even brought them around to your house and put them in your pram.

But they’re not the exact type of toy you want, so you’re screaming in rage and throwing them right back out of the pram.

Of course I’m being patronising, because DAMN. So…you’re either the kind of person who gets righteously angry about not being given the right kind of free stuff, or you’re angry about something else and random person/game on the internet is getting the brunt of it. I kind of hope for your sake it’s the latter.

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EmberStar

“So let me get this straight. You bought a toy. It was an barely okay toy, and you got a bit of play time out of it. But a lot of people thought it should have been more shit, so the shop gave you 17 additional free toys none of which I asked for nor wanted, all of increasingly lower quality and filled with bees. They even brought them around to your house and jammed them into my living room.”

You were really off, so I fixed that for you. And now a thing that I wanted and paid for is something I DO NOT WANT and would demand a full refund for if it were still possible. So yes, I’m annoyed. There are very few entries in the list of “games where I can explore space,” and most of them are crippled by being utter shit, filled with PVP, or both.

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EmberStar

“and random person/game on the internet is getting the brunt of it.”

Nuh-uh. Not “random person.” A singular, specific, smug patronizing person who deliberately tried to provoke a reaction, doubled down to get EXACTLY the reaction they wanted, and is now trying to play the victim card.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Ooo-aaah!