No Man's Sky - Interceptor

After almost six years of free updates, do you know what No Man’s Sky really needed? More corruption. At least, that’s what it seems like the thought process was behind the brand new Interceptor content.

No Man’s Sky has been updated to version 4.2 with today’s Interceptor update. The update brings a host of new features, many of them focused on corruption, which can now be found spreading across some planets in the game’s universe. You can actually harvest this corruption to fuel your Sentinel tech.

This corruption shows up in the form of glowy purple crystals, and it has an impact on Sentinels, creating arachnid-style hostile drones with crystals sticking out of them. Actually, I don’t think arachnid is quite the right term, since they only have four legs, but they do look kind of spiderlike. Maybe crablike is a better term (though crabs also have more than four legs)? Either way, they seem kind of terrifying.

No Man's Sky - Spider Drone

One of the cool new features is that No Man’s Sky has finally added the Interceptor class of starships, meaning you can finally own one of those A-Wing-like Sentinal ships that you may have gotten on the bad side of a few times. And I have to say, the cockpit design for these ships might actually have me flying in first-person again. The electronic effect on the windshield is awesome to look at.

With all this comes a new Nexus mission, as well as improved A.I. for Sentinel mobs. And then, of course, there’s a bunch of new cosmetics, like a brand-new cape and a winged backpack.

Oh, and did I mention that there are now corrupted machines that you can attack?

No Man's Sky - Cursed Machine

All of this sounds pretty cool. It’s not game-altering, but it does seem like a lot of thought went into this update to make it all feel coherent in the game’s ever-expanding universe. If nothing else, those Sentinel ships are awesome.

You can read the full patch notes on the official No Man’s Sky website, and you can watch the full trailer for No Man’s Sky Interceptor below.

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