No Man’s Sky is a massive universal simulation, that’s to say, the universe in the game is massive and ever-expanding. It sort of works like real-life. Hello Games has truly created something special, and their continued support of the game is astounding too. They continually release free updates for anyone that stuck around since the game was released back in 2016. Outlaws is the newest update, which was released on April 13th, that allows players to live out their dreams of becoming space pirates. While space pirates already existed within the game as NPCs, Hello Games thought it would be fun to allow players to follow the life of being a criminal. In typical fashion, pirates can raid your settlements and so can players. However, this new update worked a little too well. Now players are reporting massive amounts of NPC pirate attacks on their home systems.
Apparently, by allowing players to engage in illicit activities, Hello Games thought to up the number of times that rival pirates can also attack players. A player reportedly posted about his issues, claiming that his home system was attacked a staggering six times in 10 minutes. Another player caught the invasion happening in real-time. No Man’s Sky altered aerial combat in a way that allows dogfights to happen within the atmosphere of planets. But because space battles can happen so close to planets now, NPC pirates are taking their chances by overly invading everyone’s private home systems. Maybe a bit too much. A player was roaming his home system and became bombarded by pirate ships invading. You can see the video below:
Honestly, you must hand it to No Man’s Sky for creating NPCs and A.I. that are intelligent enough to take full advantage of people’s home systems. If you truly want to become a pirate, you must understand that piracy can also happen to you. That is the way of the world. While players are reportedly upset about this crazy invasion happening, Hello Games has also assured players that a fix is on the way. Pirate invasions are one thing but being invaded by pirate armies is a whole other gameplay mechanic that nobody wants. Especially those who are playing in “permadeath” mode. Permadeath mode is exactly how it sounds. If you die in-game, your character is permanently dead. That means all your progress up to that point is going to go right down the drain. Imagine stealing from a pirate only to die by another.
No Man’s Sky was released in 2016, and the new Outlaws update is now the 19th update for the game since its release. The game is currently available on PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. Hello Games continues to put their all into a game that has changed from what was once boring, to something entirely different. These many updates are going to make it hard for the developer to transition into a sequel, but then again, why not see how far this game can go? Just beware of those pirate armies looking to take everything you worked for. Always remember “Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me.”