Development Update – 1.61

Hello Everyone!

We hope you have been enjoying the most recent additions to the game with last week’s large update! The team here are concentrating hard on the upcoming features, but we continue to balance this with time dedicated to optimisation and ironing out issues that are important to players and to us.

This week’s update addresses a few high priority issues and introduces the Space Anomaly’s next community research mission!


Community Research Update

Specialist Polo’s research has taken a new direction this week, after their analysis of the Sentinel data yielded some surprising results. The Sentinels are tracking other anomalous signals, signals currently unknown to Nada and Polo.

They have pinpointed the location of what appears to be the echo of another Traveller-Entity. The Anomaly itself cannot travel to this location, for fear of further alerting the Sentinels. Polo asks for help in finding this mysterious being – or in finding whatever trace of them still remains in this reality…


As always, Quicksilver will be awarded to all participating Travellers, and can be processed by Polo’s Synthesis Bot in exchange for exclusive collectibles.

Placeable portraits of two more familiar Traveller characters: Artemis, and Null.
Create vivid horticultural displays at your base with three customisable tree varieties:

A fragrant fruit tree.


An elegant spindle tree.


A hardy evergreen tree.



Community Spotlight

It is always humbling and slightly overwhelming to see how much time and love the community put into some of your tributes to the game. A few amazing pieces highlighted below…

This fan-made cinematic trailer for No Man’s Sky NEXT is stunning (by EvilDr.Porkchop)


We were charmed by this lovely demake created by @Liquidream for’s #DemakeJam (Playable here)


/u/Artic1994 shared a beautiful rendition of the Atlas on their forearm.


Some absolutely gorgeous shots from /r/Noderpsy

Before and After

And thank you to /u/ArcturusMint for compiling this collection of screenshots comparing No Man’s Sky v1.0 with NEXT.

It got us talking in the studio about some of the things that have changed in the engine from launch to today… the many subtle features that have contributed to creating prettier worlds.

  • Texture streaming
  • High res textures
  • Temporal antialiasing
  • Crepuscular rays
  • New clouds system
  • New water system
  • Tessellation
  • Depth of field
  • Improved lighting
  • Colour grading
  • Ringed planets
  • Ocean and continents
  • New atmospherics system
  • An awful lot of memory savings to make that list possible…

Looking at this made us even more excited for the future. Thank you /u/ArcturusMint!


Development Update

Patch 1.61 is live on all platforms today, with the notes available below. We will have some more news to share with you very soon!

Our next update is larger and has a focus on making exocraft. Making them more valuable and interesting, as well as fixing exocraft issues.

Thank you so much,


Patch 1.61

  • Fixed a crash in the quick menu.
  • Added a warning message when attempting to upload a base which exceeds the existing server upload limit.
  • Fixed an issue where the build menu would occasionally switch to the quick menu.
  • Fixed an issue where multiple mission markers could appear over moving objects.
  • Fixed an issue on PS4 where players could join multiplayer sessions with players on a different patch version of the game.
  • Improved some translated text.