Every version of No Man’s Sky 4.0 will be improved by the No Man’s Sky 4.0 Switch Update
No Man’s SkyPatch 4.0 will be launched on October 7, 2022. This is the launch that players have been eagerly awaiting for a while. This will coincide with the launch of MMS on Nintendo Switch. It’s a labour of love that many members of developer Hello Games have been working hard on for years. However, the update won’t only benefit Switch players. Sean Murray, the Studio founder, has stated that 4.0 will include at least a few useful features for Xbox, PlayStation and PC players.
Murray spoke with PC Gamer and explained that the patch would bring an “info portal” that will gather all your achievements, unlocks, and other information. This is for new, but especially returning players who want to make sense of their game.
We’ve already mentioned on this site that it can be difficult to get back into NMS, even with Expeditions to make the experience more fun. There has never been any paid DLC. Not even cosmetics. This is a refreshing approach for an online game in 2022. Even if it is one of those rare cases when I wish I had more ways to support Hello Games for all the great stuff they have added over the years. It also means that there are no battle passes or other expansions for players to help them find what they should do. These have become the norm in many modern online games. This portal-like encyclopedia of objectives and discoveries seems smart to avoid that.
Long-time players will be most excited by the “streamlined” and “massively enhanced” inventory. NMS is a significant improvement in this area since its launch in 2016. It’s still quite frustrating. It is a waste of time to increase your inventory by randomly travelling from space station to space station. You can also purchase one-time upgrades. Although it isn’t difficult, it can be quite boring. This new system should be an improvement.
Hello, Games has added a new difficulty mode. The “Relaxed Mode” is the new difficulty. This sounds very similar to the regular style of play but has significantly reduced survival requirements. The existing survival mode will no longer be available. It will now be even more difficult to balance the new easier mode. Murray explained that Survival is quite difficult at first but becomes very easy once you have enough in-game upgrades. This is something I can personally attest to. The new adjustments will make it more difficult, but you’ll still be able to engage in interesting, but not necessarily mandatory, activities such as cooking.
As if that wasn’t enough, players have the option to switch between Normal and Relaxed difficulty settings to find what suits them best. Different settings will have more granular options, such as permadeath. Murray explained that you can have permadeath in relaxed mode, as well as similar match and mix modes.