Developer Hello Games deploys patch 1.13 for No Man’s Sky, which fixes several bugs and gameplay issues as well as improving the game’s space battles.

Hello Games has announced a new patch for No Man’s Sky, which resolves a number of issues with the game as well as adding several new features, the most important of which is an improvement to the size and scale of space battles.

As reported by Gamespot, patch 1.13 resolves a number of bugs and implements some of the feedback given to Hello Games by fans of No Man’s Sky. The patch should auto-update via Steam and implements the following changes:

  • Fixed a bug that would make the player character small.
  • Space battles will now vary in size more and players should see bigger battles.
  • Fixed the instantaneous death loop that could occur in survival mode if you saved with 1 health and no hazard protection.
  • Fix for steam controller not being able to warp.
  • Removed up, down, left, right as quick menu navigation keys to allow left handed players to move while using the quick menu.
  • Page Up and Page down can now be used to navigate up and down in the quick menu.
  • Removed duplicated planets from discoveries menu.
  • Fixed an issue with redeeming promo ships in survival, which would result in the ship being spawned above the ground.
  • Fix for missing ruins underwater which could cause missions to point to nothing.
  • Various audio tweaks and fixes.
  • Fixed some rare crashes.

Patch 1.13 is but one of a series of updates promised by Hello Games which should bring the game up to what its player base expected it to be on release. No Man’s Sky may be one of the most hyped games in history, but once released it certainly became one of the most reviled. Players experienced bugs and gameplay issues as well as massive disappointment when their expectations were not met. One of the many gripes listed was how space battles felt lackluster and small, an issue which this patch should hopefully address.

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This series of patches seems to be an effort by Hello Games to save what’s left of its reputation: though reviews on the whole were somewhat positive, the outrage from players redefined web-based hatred. At one point Reddit was forced to close down the No Man’s Sky subreddit, since the odious comments became too much for even the hardened moderators of the front page of the Internet. The end result was that several retailer ended up refunding consumers and publisher Sony went so far as to publicly blame Hello Games’ PR as well as the development team for the fiasco.

The current patch, as well as those coming in the future, will hopefully salvage some of No Man’s Sky gameplay and allow it to regain face with its fans.

No Man’s Sky is available now for PC and PS4.

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