It’s time to look to the terrifying depths of the infinite void: No Man’s Sky has just received its’ fourth major expedition, which brings plenty of new content and a brand new, narrative-driven adventure to embark on. The best part: All this content is seasonal, meaning it’s Halloween-themed! The new expedition, titled “Emergence,” sees players awaking on the desert planet Wasan alongside massive “titan worms” which tear up the environment and leave “cursed dust” in their wake, as No Man’s Sky’s patch notes read. They’ll then be tasked with finding the titan worm “impact sites” to hunt them down and collect their vile spawn. This process will feed into a larger narrative about an evil space cult known as the Vy’keen and its’ history, as Kotaku reports. Perhaps we’ll even get to learn more about the mysterious Atlas?
To really cement how spooky these giant worms are, the update also comes with some brand new titan worm variants, each of which is more disgusting than the last, and seem to relate to the worms’ “biology and type,” which could mean different worms will have different effects on their environments. Players will get to check out all of these worms in all their glory since the patch will also update the titan worm’s graphics for improved geometry and texturing. There’s even a little baby titan worm that players can feed, nurture, grow and eventually ride! As for other game updates, the game’s particle effects have been expanded and improved, as well as a number of other bug fixes.
Players can now tame and grow a tremendous sandworm companion to feed, pet, ride and explore the universe with. These are both terrifying and awesome creatures when fully grown, and incredible to fly.
The companion worm will be one of several items to unlock while playing through the “Emergence” expedition. These rewards also include a titan worm helmet, giant flaming skull base ornament, gooey jetpack trails, and something referred to as a “flesh launcher,” which sounds like it was ripped straight out of a Saw movie (the item is actually a kind of firework, but still, gross).
No Man’s Sky’s newest expedition was released today for free, so go out there and hunt some worms!