It’s been almost nine weeks since No Man’s Sky’s 1.09 patch. Hello Games have finally broken silence, promising a major update titled “The Foundation Update” will be coming later this week. The post on the game’s website states,

“Hello,

This week Hello Games will be releasing an update to No Man’s Sky. We’re calling it The Foundation Update, because we have added the foundations of base building, and also because this is putting in place a foundation for things to come.

Detailed patch notes will follow, and release will be soon.

Coming from five years of intense development, immediately after No Man’s Sky released the team spent six weeks updating the game with 7 patches across both platforms. These fixed many of the most common or critical bugs and issues post-release.

In the nine weeks since then our small team has been hard at work on development, testing and certification for the Foundation Update. It won’t be our biggest update, but it is the start of something.

The discussion around No Man’s Sky since release has been intense and dramatic. We have been quiet, but we are listening and focusing on improving the game that our team loves and feels so passionately about.

Positive or negative feedback, you have been heard and that will truly help to make this a better game for everyone.

This update will be the first small step in a longer journey. We hope you can join us.

Thank you,

Hello Games”

We’ve known about plans to introduce features like base building into the game for awhile now, but why they didn’t talk more about it closer to release remains a mystery. They’ve decided to announce features now, months after the relationship between them and players has deteriorated as a result of expectations and promises going unmet as well as very limited communication from Hello Games in general.

Back in October, Hello Games and their Founder, Sean Murray – had their twitter accounts hacked. The hackers sent out a tweet stating “No Man’s Sky was a mistake” and also responded to emails posing as Murray validating that the statements made on twitter were him. This caused major controversy surrounding the tweet, with Hello Games only briefly communicating to the world saying they had regained control of these accounts.

What do you think of the idea of base-building in No Man’s Sky? Do you think it’ll help Hello Games win back the hearts of their disappointed fanbase?

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