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Hello Games teases Atlas Rises content update

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No Man’s Sky
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Hello Games will release an update for No Man's Sky this week that will focus on improving the game’s story and letting players quickly travel through its universe via portals.

The update (version 1.3), which Hello Games is calling Atlas Rises, is timed with the one-year anniversary of No Man’s Sky’s release on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. Atlas Rises, like previous updates, will be free, according to an email sent by developer Sean Murray.

In the email, Murray thanks players who have stuck with No Man’s Sky through its sometimes tumultuous first year and those who participated in a recent alternate reality game, Waking Titan.

Hello Games hasn’t specified the full breadth of the Atlas Rises update, but you can read Murray’s email to players below.

Hello Citizen Scientists,

It’s been a year since No Man’s Sky first released, and it’s been an exciting, intense and emotional year for us at Hello Games. We have been quiet, but we have been listening intently.

We've spent that year working hard on free updates for this game our team cares about so much.

Update 1.3 will release this week and will be available for free to all No Man’s Sky players. We're calling it Atlas Rises. It focuses on improving the central story of No Man’s Sky and adds the ability to quick travel between locations using portals. Patch notes will be made available shortly before the update goes live. What we do is much more important than what we say, but since launch we have sometimes focused too much on that.

We wanted to reach out and celebrate the devoted community that means so much to us. We launched Waking Titan to try to do that.

When we posted those cassettes we didn't know what to expect. In the last eight weeks a quarter of a million players from across the globe (174 countries, to be precise!) have come together - united by a shared love of mystery and science fiction - to form the Citizen Science Division. You’ve travelled great distances both real and virtual, undertaken complex tasks, and explored the depths of simulation theory. New friendships have been forged, and a tight-knit community has been created. Most importantly a cute hamster has a new home.

You've become part of the No Man's Sky origin story.

It's been an honour to watch, but this is just the beginning. Whether you’ve followed Waking Titan or not, we welcome anyone to sign up to the Citizen Science Division, and to join us on the official CSD forums. Our journey continues.

Thank you for this year. We hope you enjoy what comes next.

Sean