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Outlaws: Introducing Update 3.85

Become an interstellar rebel in Update 3.85, OUTLAWS! Introducing outlaw systems; the ability to recruit your own squadron of pilots; improved space combat; a stunning Solar Sail Starship, and much more!

Solar ships

Solar Ships are a new high-tech starship class, with a full and diverse range of procedurally-generated variations. These versatile and efficient long-range travellers come with their own unique technologies, and can be found all across the universe.

Outlaw stations

Across the galaxy, star systems have fallen under outlaw control. System authority has been surrendered to rebel forces, leaving space unpoliced and ripe for piracy.

As well having no Sentinel interceptors, outlaw systems have their own technology merchants, their own marketplace for contraband items, their own unique mission agents, and much more…

Improved space combat

The risks and rewards of space combat have been rebalanced for challenge, flow and speed.

Dramatic explosions

Destruction effects for ships, asteroids, freighters and space cargo have all received an overhaul, making gunning down vessels more satisfying than ever.

Passing frigate fleets

Gaze up from planetary surfaces to see occasional fleets of frigates thundering across the skies.

In addition, the warp and engine effects of all frigates and freighters have been overhauled for additional flair and impact.


Purchase contraband goods from outlaw stations, then shuttle them across to regulated systems to sell for a large profit.

System authorities may now scan passing ships and probe their cargo for illegal goods, with Sentinel interceptors primed to deal with would-be smugglers. Enterprising pilots can install countermeasures in the form of a Cargo Probe Deflector.

In-atmosphere combat

Skim the tops of mountain ranges in fierce dogfights against outlaw ships or Sentinel system authorities within planetary atmospheres.

Ship cargo hold

Starships can now be fitted with a high-capacity cargo inventory, enabling players to haul more than ever across the galaxies.


Recruit roaming pilots into your own squadron to accompany you along your journey. These wingmen will automatically warp to your location during space combat, and can be summoned to fly into formation at any time.

Manage and upgrade your wingmen

Inspect the skills, traits, and battle statistics of your squadron recruits from the Manage Fleet terminal on the bridge of your capital ship. Expand your fleet capacity by unlocking additional pilot slots, or train your existing pilots to upgrade their efficiency in combat.

Expanded starship fleets

Players can now own up to nine starships, giving ship hunters the opportunity to collect a more diverse fleet of ship classes, colours and designs. Additionally, players may now switch their primary starship while within their freighter hangar.


No Man’s Sky now features cloth physics simulation, including realistically draping fabrics such as hoods and capes! Visit an Appearance Modifier to try out the new fully-customisable cape designs.

Space combat autopilot

The new Starship Combat Auto-Follow option enables automatic target locking capabilities for space combat. This mode locks onto and automatically tracks enemy ships, while still allowing precision adjustments from player input.

This mode is enabled in the options menu as a toggle or on hold, allowing players to focus on weapon switching and firing without the need to steer, either as a preference, or an accessibility option.

The blighted expedition

Expedition Six: Blighted will be commencing soon!

A distant galaxy has been terrorised by pirates known as The Blight – and the time has come for their secret to be revealed! Journey across the stars in search of a mysterious treasure in this brand new narrative-driven expedition.

Exclusive rewards for this expedition include the battle-worn Outlaw Cape, a friendly wayward cube for your base, a generous assortment of flags and outlaw-themed posters, a unique starship trail, and more!

Under a rebel star

Explore the outlaw systems and their motives with a series of new missions and earn rewards such as new titles or the exclusive Shroud of Freedom hood customisation.

Twitch campaign

This weekend, from Thursday 14th April to Monday 18th April, a generous selection of rewards is available for players watching No Man’s Sky on Twitch. Tune into streamers with Drops Enabled, then claim the rewards in the game. See full details and get started on the Twitch Drops page!

Starship energy shields

Pirate, trader and sentinel starships now come equipped with energy shields, varying in strength and recharge speed. Take down hostile vessels quickly while their shields are disabled!

Interstellar piracy

The profit available to those who would prey on trader ships or passing freighters has been increased, though Sentinel interceptors will now respond to attacks on planetary trade routes…

After engaging in acts of space piracy, you can now restore your reputation by presenting a Forged Passport to the Station Core within any regulated space station.

Starship weapon variety

All starship weapons have been rebalanced to promote tactical decisions during dogfights. Weapons now come with varying levels of damage against shields or hulls, the Cyclotron Ballista will now disable the engines of hostile starships, and the Phase Beam can leech shield energy from its target directly to your own shield systems.

Unique pirate missions

Outlaw systems have their own bespoke Bounty Master offering a unique range of procedurally generated missions, all with highly profitable rewards on offer for willing pirates.

Dazzling combat effects

Space combat has had a visual overhaul, with new and improved effects for both player and NPC ships alike. Improvements include muzzle flashes, lighting, impact effects, projectiles and much more…

Planetary pirate raids

Pirates will now intrude into planet atmospheres to attack buildings and settlements, strafing in from the sky and raining fire down upon the structure and surrounds. Strap into your ship and fend off the raiders to earn new rewards!

3.85 Patch notes


  • A new class of starship has been added, the Solar Sail ship.
  • Solar starships come in a wide range of procedurally generated variations. They can be found all across the galaxy, but are more common in outlaw systems.
  • The Solar-class starship comes with unique technologies for a fast and efficient Pulse Engine.
  • All ships now come with a high-capacity cargo inventory. The starting size of the cargo inventory varies according to ship type and class.
  • The ship cargo inventory can be upgraded at the starship salvage station.
  • The maximum number of saved ships has been increased from 6 to 9.
  • Players may now change their primary starship from the quick menu while in the freighter hangar.
  • The companion management quick menu option has been moved into the ‘Utilities’ section of the menu while flying a starship.
  • Summoning other ships, including the freighter, now has its own dedicated sub-section of the quick menu.
  • While on a planet, players may occasionally see groups of frigates enter the atmosphere and pass by on their own missions across the universe.
  • An audiovisual cockpit alarm has been added to the ship, to alert pilots to dangerous situations.


  • A number of star systems across the galaxy have been taken over by pirates. These systems can be identified on the galaxy map with a Conflict or Economy scanner.
  • Outlaw systems have a unique space station, with their own assortment of NPCs.
  • Visit a Bounty Master aboard an outlaw station to undertake a range of procedurally generated piracy missions and earn unique rewards.
  • Purchase illegal goods from the black market traders aboard outlaw stations. Illegal goods can be sold for a large markup in regulated space.
  • The maximum stack size for all trading goods, illegal or otherwise, has been increased.
  • In regulated systems, space station authorities will periodically scan incoming ships for illegal goods. Sentinel interceptors may be deployed to deal with non-compliant pilots.
  • A new technology is available, the Cargo Probe Deflector, to attempt to fend off unwanted cargo scans.
  • Earn Forged Passports while working for pirate factions.
  • These counterfeit starship registration documents can be used at Station Cores in regulated space to increase or reset reputation levels with the system authorities.
  • Outlaw stations cannot be warped to directly from regulation space stations, and vice versa.
  • Outlaw stations have their own technology merchant, specialising in suspicious aftermarket upgrades.
  • The rewards for destroying starships – freighters, Sentinels, pirates or traders – have been diversified and improved.
  • The rewards for saving a freighter from pirate attack have been improved.
  • A new series of narrative missions have been added for outlaw systems. Complete these missions to earn unique customisation and title options.


  • Support has been added for cloth simulation.
  • Fully customisable cape and hood options have been added to the Appearance Modifier. Some options are available by default, while others must be earned via missions or expeditions.


  • Expedition Six, The Blighted, will begin soon.
  • The Blighted expedition will take players on a treasure hunt across a distant galaxy as they trace the routes of these mysterious pirates.
  • The Blighted expedition offers the chance to earn an exclusive starship trail; pirate-themed base decorations; your own personal wayward cube/Geoff; a unique cape customisation, and much more besides.


  • Sentinel, pirate and trader ships now have energy shields that must be depleted before the ship itself can be damaged.
  • Different grades of ship come with different strength shields, and shields that recharge at different rates.
  • Player starship weapons deal different damage levels against shielded or unshielded targets.
  • The starship combat flight model has been improved for in-atmosphere combat.
  • Pirates can now attack while the player is flying within a planet’s atmosphere.
  • Sentinel interceptors will now respond to crimes committed while flying in a planet’s atmosphere.
  • Pirate ships will occasionally make attacking runs on planetary structures. Players who drive off or eliminate these raids will be rewarded.
  • Space combat has been rebalanced to allow for more challenge for high-end players while remaining accessible to those in starter or non-combat ships.
  • Players now have the option to enable a combat autopilot for the starship. This setting can be found within the Controls section of the options menu and can be used as a hold (to apply additional alignment assistance towards your target on request) or as a toggle (to constantly apply auto-alignment towards your current target).
  • The heat capacity of the Phase Beam has been increased.
  • The Phase Beam can now leech shield energy from hostile ships and transfer it to the player’s shield.
  • The Photon Cannon now cools down faster after overheating.
  • All starship weapons now decay heat much faster if the burst is stopped before the weapon overheats.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the name and visuals of hostile ships on the starship target screen to be incorrect.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the shield bar on the starship target screen to be incorrect.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the heat bar on the starship weapons screen to be incorrect.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the cooldown bar for the Infra-Knife Accelerator to be invisible.
  • The Positron Ejector has had its base firing speed slightly reduced.
  • The Positron Ejector has had its heat capacity reduced.
  • The Positron Ejector now deals slightly ineffective damage to starship shields.
  • The Infra-Knife Accelerator has had its base firing speed slightly reduced.
  • The Infra-Knife Accelerator has had its range and base damage increased.
  • The Infra-Knife Accelerator now deals additional damage to unshielded targets.
  • The Infra-Knife Accelerator has had its heat capacity reduced, but now cools down significantly faster.
  • The Cyclotron Ballista has had its base fire rated reduced.
  • The Cyclotron Ballista has had its dispersion reduced and its heat capacity increased.
  • The Cyclotron Ballista now deals extremely high damage to starship shields, but low damage to starship hulls.
  • The Cyclotron Ballista now disables hostile starship engines on hit, causing them to drift slowly.
  • Starship rockets now do additional damage to unshielded starship hulls, but significantly reduced damage versus energy shields.
  • The starship HUD now more clearly reports weapon heat levels.
  • The off-screen target indicator has been moved to a central position around the starship reticle.
  • The tethered mouse flight model has been tweaked to make ship control more precise and responsive.
  • Damage potential readouts now include an additional readout for damage versus energy shields, if shield and hull damage levels are different.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the speed readout on the starship screen (but not the actual maximum speed of the starship) to be artificially increased by manoeuvrability upgrades.


  • Players with a freighter may now recruit NPC ships to their own personal squadron.
  • Your squadron is managed from the Manage Fleet terminal on the bridge of your capital ship.
  • Players may unlock up to four slots for their squadron.
  • Your squadron is automatically summoned during space combat, and may be summoned or dismissed at any other time from the Quick Menu.
  • Your squadron will assist in space combat, taking your lead in attacking hostile targets.
    Squadron pilots and their ships can be upgraded using nanites.


  • Significantly improved the visual effects for the Photon Cannon, Cyclotron Ballista and Phase Beam.
  • Improved the visual effects for the Infra-Knife Accelerator and Positron Ejector.
  • Improved the impact effects for NPC ship laser impacts.
  • Improved the visual effects for large ship engines.
  • Improved the visual effects for NPC ship and freighter warp-ins.
  • Fixed an issue with underwater jetpack trails.
  • Significantly improved starship and asteroid explosion effects.
  • Improved the visual impact of player starship muzzle flashes.
  • Improved the visual and audio impact of the starship cockpit alarm.
  • Improved the visual impact of starship cockpit hit warnings.
  • Fixed an issue that caused damage effects to intrude upon the cockpit view when piloting in first person mode.
  • Improved the projectile and muzzle flash effects for NPC starships.


  • Introduced several very significant memory optimisations, improving stability and performance especially on base consoles.
  • Introduced a significant optimisation to texture memory usage.
  • Introduced an optimisation to creature and Sentinel navigation.
  • Introduced a significant optimisation for bases and settlements.
  • Fixed a crash related to input settings.
  • Fixed several threading crashes in the UI.
  • Fixed a crash related to technology item popups.
  • Fixed a crash related to base building.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using a mineral extractor.
  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur during warp.
  • Fixed a rare crash in the Appearance Modifier UI.
  • Fixed an issue that caused many underwater creatures to spawn without their correct procedural settings, dramatically reducing water lifeform variety.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent particular rare planetary creatures from ever spawning.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Livestock Unit to fail to harvest products from specific exotic creatures.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the [ The Sentry ] to appear angry when shot by the player.
  • Fixed an issue that caused [ The Sentry ] to report the player’s position to hostile Sentinel drones.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Sentinel Quad companion to prevent other Sentinels from spawning.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Sentinels to stop spawning during combat, leaving no progression through the wanted levels.
  • Fixed an issue where a generic ‘Evade Sentinels’ hint would be displayed during missions that encouraged confrontation with Sentinels.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause bases to lose their base computer, and restored the base computer to all affected bases.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause players to get stuck underneath or on top of buildings and other structures.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause multiplayer bases to display in the teleporter UI when multiplayer was disabled.
  • Fixed a multiplayer exploit that could allow bases to be synced from blocked players in ambient sessions.
  • Fixed a rare issue that could cause players to teleport outside the bounds of a Space Station.
  • Fixed a rare issue that could prevent interaction with various NPCs and objects in multiplayer.
  • Fixed an issue where summoning the Sentinel Quad companion aboard the Space Anomaly could cause desyncs with other players.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause mission destinations to be desynced in multiplayer.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the starship cockpit pitch indicator to show an incorrect angle.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the starship cockpit pitch indicator to render incorrectly at various HUD scales.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Inventory page to auto-open onto an inventory that could not currently be accessed.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Exocraft technology tree to be clipped at the sides.
  • Fixed a visual issue with the LODs at Sentinel Pillars.
  • Fixed a number of UI overlap issues with the base building menu.
  • Fixed a misleading ‘Attempt to Download’ message displaying on the Community Expedition UI when that was not the correct error.
  • Fixed a number of issues with the UI and popups when attempting to warp to a new galaxy.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a long delay when transitioning to/from some freighter interactions, such as colour customisation.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a long delay in a dialogue sequence if the player received a new item in the middle of the sequence.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause player hands to disappear when getting into the ship in VR.
  • Fixed a visual issue with the Emergency Light base building objects.
  • Fixed a visual glitch with door animations in several base building wall pieces.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause consumable reward items to all generate the same rewards if redeemed in a short time window.
  • Fixed a number of issues with NPC ships when flying close to the player, for example when using the starship communicator.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent corrupted Sentinels from spawning at scrap heaps.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause mission destinations to go missing or jump to new locations after save/load.
  • Purchasable frigates will no longer attempt to call the player on the starship communicator during space combat.
  • Fixed a mission issue that could spawn too many Sentinel Flares into a player’s inventory.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the starship to take ground impact damage when crashing into another starship.