Adopt an alien creature and explore the universe side-by-side in the Companions update! Take care of your new friend as they find hidden resources and protect you from hostile aliens, or genetically modify their eggs and breed unique, never-before-seen creations!
The infinite and varied creatures you find roaming the universe can now be tamed and adopted as your companions. Once bonded to you, your new friend can be summoned anywhere – even aboard the Space Anomaly.
Baby creatures will inherit looks and traits from their parent – but they are never exactly the same! They will need your care as they grow from spawn to maturity…
Earn the trust of your companion by playing with them, feeding them, and giving them attention. A handful of Creature Pellets can go a long way!
Keeping your animal companion well cared for brings a host of practical benefits, including: scanning for resources; marking hazards; providing torchlight; hunting hostile creatures; locating buildings; digging up valuable treasures; and deploying their own shoulder-mounted mining lasers.
A creature’s personality is shaped by their species and ecosystem role, but their individual personality is one-of-a-kind. Their personality influences how they behave as well as how they think.
The creature harness has a neural link with the Exosuit, enabling rudimentary translation of their thoughts and wishes.
Companions may share their feelings towards their owner, comment on the lifeforms and geography they encounter, or simply express their inner world.
Your companion reacts to your every move! They will run alongside you, or play in response to your own gestures. Use specific command gestures to issue orders to your co-explorer.
When your companion meets other creatures or companions they might become inquisitive, playful – or even aggressive, depending on their personality.
Accessorise your companion with a range of functional and decorative adornments. Accessories can be recoloured and customised with decals.
Up to six creatures can be adopted as companions. The Companion Register screen provides an overview of your collection, including their mood, trust, and personality traits.
Your companions can be renamed, should you wish to give them a name reflective of your time together. Or, if your friendship has come to an end, you can even abandon them from your collection…
Creatures that have been well-cared for will lay eggs! Incubate the egg in your Exosuit until it’s ready to hatch into a brand new lifeform.
Players using a mouse and keyboard can now use hotkeys to select options in dialogue menus and interactions.
Players using a gamepad can now use the analogue sticks to quickly move between options in dialogue menus and interactions.
The bait system has been streamlined – any creature that has been fed may now be ridden or milked. Cooking strange eggs has never been easier!
Riding has been enabled for giant creatures, granting a new and dramatic perspective when exploring planets.
Players who have found particularly rare or desirable creatures may wish to trade eggs from their prized companions with other players.
Genetic material can also be taken to the new Egg Sequencer aboard the Space Anomaly.
The Egg Sequencer allows players to remix the genetic material of their growing eggs to produce unique, never-before-seen creatures.
But beware – overdosing eggs in the Sequencer may cause dramatic creature reconfigurations…