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UPDATES & EXPERIMENTAL

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As of March 2024 there have (so far) been over 32 named updates, and 5 medium content patches, after the game's initial release (as well as hundreds of patches). 

Each major release has been specifically named & given a number of it's own e.g. 2.3 Living Ship.

The Bytebeat Update Patch is not included in these; despite being a content update that also changed & improved a lot of the game's systems; nor are several holiday themed mini-updates, such as the various Halloween patches; and not every Expedition counts as a full update.

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LEADUP TO AN UPDATE:

Since the start of 2021, all except one update has been on a Wednesday (almost always just before UK school holidays).
The following things happen in the leadup to another update; although sometimes there are slight variations on the order:

1) HelloGames work on the next update.
2) The game usually goes on sale leading up to an update.
It also goes on sale sometimes when there is no update incoming; so by itself it's not an indication of an impending update.
3) Sean Murray starts retweeting screenshots like crazy.
4) HelloGames put their next update onto Internal Branch; a version of the game that only they have access to.
They test it out for around 1-5 days & make some tweaks.
5) Sean Murray tweets a single emoji related to the upcoming update. At this point, expect the update within 48 hours.
6) The internal branch gets copied over to the public branch; which means our PCs and Consoles download the update to the game. 
Now the internal & public branches are identical.
7) HelloGames start working on & they release 2-5 patches in the first fortnight after an update; which fix any issues that the update may have caused.
These are tested out by willing players in Experimental branch; before being released as patches into the public branch (your game).

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The Experimental Branch on Steam is a version of the game that is updated earlier than anywhere else; for the purposes of testing the game & ironing out any kinks, bugs & crashes caused by the changes made by the update or patch; prior to release to the rest of the general public. You can opt in to this (or out at any time) via Steam. Always create backups of your save first; just in case something goes wrong.

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🏗Foundations / 🚧Pathfinder / 💎Atlas Rises / 🚀Next / 🤿The Abyss / 🧞Visions / 🥽Beyond / 📜Synthesis  / 🎵Bytebeat / 🥚Living Ship / 🤖Exo Mech / 🎮Cross-play / 💀Desolation / 🍊Origins / 👻Halloween 2020 / 🔮Next Gen / 🧶Companions / 🧭Expeditions / 🏖️Beachhead / 🌈Prisms / 👀Frontiers / 🐛Emergence / 🤯Expeditions Revisited / 🔫Sentinel / 🏴‍☠️Outlaws / 🐋Leviathan / 💪🏻Endurance / 🔭Waypoint / ❄️Fractal / 😈Interceptor /  🍎Mac🍏 / 🧠Singularity / 🦿Echoes / ΩOmega / 💫Orbital 

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3.3

🧭Expeditions

31st Mar 2021

1695

63

23rd Sep 2020

🦝Adopt Pets, 🐹Raise Cute Babies, 🐣Breed Creatures, 🦑Trade Eggs, 🤖Customise your pets, 🐕‍🦺Train creatures to do chores, 🐬Talk to your pet, 🦋UI Improvements, 🦅Faster PS4 Load Time, 🧠Fauna Improvements, 🦕Ride giant creatures, Streamlining Of Some Gameplay Elements

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1653

17th Feb 2021

🧶Companions

3.2

3.1

🔮Next Generation

1st Dec 2020

1575

79

Next Generation Console Upgrade, Visual & Loading Improvements For All Platforms

🪐 Billions of New Volcanic, Marsh & Infected Planets, 💖 UI Revamp, ☀️ Binary/Ternary Stars, 🗼 Colossal Archives, 🔥 Firestorms, 🌋 Volcanoes, ⚡ Lightning, 🌪️ Tornadoes, Meteors, Gravitational Anomalies, 🤖 NPCs on Planets, 🌥️ Improved Clouds, 🐞 New Fauna, 🌄 Multi-km Mountains / Dramatic Landscapes, 🐛 SANDWORMS, Interface Visual Overhaul, Richer Diversity, Increased Colour Variety, New Lighting Conditions, Anomalous Buildings, New Items, Portal Interference Lifted, Planetary NPC landings, Illegal Upgrades, Upgrade Multi-Tool, Insects, Wild Robots, Better Creature Behaviours

69

1506

🍊Origins

[Re-Release]

3.0

💀 Derelict Freighter Exploration, Procedurally Generated Interiors, Atmospheric Danger, Deadly Infestations, Procedural Stories, Improved Bloom Effects, Improved Lens Flare, New Lighting Effects, Salvage Freighter Technologies & Fleet Upgrades, Expandable Slots on player Freighters, Freighter Colour Customisation, Freighter Inventory Management - access freighter storage units directly in tabs, Freighter Teleporter, Improved Combat Mechanics, Space Encounter Guidance - Anomaly Detection Beacon, Unlockable Player Titles, New Nexus Missions

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1449

17th Jul 2020

💀Desolation

2.6

2.5

🎮Cross-play

10th Jun 2020

1412

37

🚀 Crossplay between all platforms, Ability for all players across all platforms to play together, visiting each other's bases, seeing each other's discoveries, ambient multiplayer, missions together, etc, 🌌 Improvements to Lobbies and Groups, 🎈 Speech Accessibility Options, 🦾 VR Full body, 👾 Speech to Text, 🎮 Win 10 Store, 🎁 Free for Game Pass, 🛰 New Networking backend, Friends List & Friend Codes, Chat Options, Q.O.L, Story Based Weekend Missions

🤖 The Minotaur Mech Exocraft, 🏎️ Improved Exocraft, 🔌 Electrical Cloaking Device to hide wires & pipes, 😍 GFX Enhancements, 🏕️ Base Building QoL, 🪐 Summon Exocraft from Freighters,, 🥽 Detailed VR cockpit, 🛰️ Solar tech, 🧭 Exocraft scanners, 🥰 New Decals, 🎁 And much more, Advanced Jump Capabilities, Immersive Cockpit, Shielded from Storms & Weather Effects, able to collect items such as Storm Crystals, from inside Minotaur, New Exocraft Tech, such as Solar Panels to Recharge Engines, Improved Exocraft Scanning, Graphical Improvements

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1340

7th Apr 2020

🤖Exo Mech

2.4

🥚 Procedurally Generated Living Ships, 🍆 Organic Technologies, 🐔 Origin Story Mission - Starbirth Story Mission to get your first Living Ship, 🦑 Tentacle Cockpit, 🐙 Wide Range of Space Encounters during Pulse Drive, 😘 Space NPCS, 👍 Quality of Life Improvements

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1291

18th Feb 2020

🥚Living Ship

2.3

2.2

📜Synthesis
(+ 🎵Bytebeat)

28th Nov 2019

1206

85

Starship Upgrades, Starship Salvaging, New Terrain Editing System, Protected Terrain Edits, Save Custom Outfits, Starship Interior Space Map, Significant Quality Of Life & Inventory Management Improvements, New Technology Blueprints, Triangular Base Building Parts, 297 Bug Fixes, Base Building Improvements including better Snapping, Storage Containers now have 20 slots instead of 5 & can be renamed, Personal Refiner, Own 3 Multi-Tools
 

BYTEBEAT UPDATE:

🎵Melody Sequencer, ✉️Envelope editor, 🌊Waveform editor, 👨‍🚀BPM/Key/Volume/Attenuation, 🥁Drum machine, 🎹Arpeggiator, 🤖Synchroniser, 🔗Link ByteBeats, 🧠Use audio to control objects

VR Support, Vastly Expanded Multi-player, Anomaly & Nexus, Major Story Overhaul With Improved Tutorials, Ambient Multi-Player (run into random people), Updated Tech Trees, Featured Bases, New NPC Characters, Better NPC Interactions, Creature Riding, Cooking / Feeding / Milking System, Base Power System, Industrial Mining, Sitting Down!

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1101

14th Aug 2019

🥽Beyond
[Re-Release & VR]

2.0

Major Graphical Overhaul, Exotic Biomes, Lush Diversity, Rainbows, Trophies, Archaeology, Scrap, Storm Crystals, Hazardous Flora, Sentient Minerals, Shared Community Mission Progress

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836

22nd Nov 2018

🧞Visions

1.75

1.7

🤿The Abyss

29th Oct 2018

812

24

Underwater Update & Quest-Line (Dreams Of The Deep), Submarine, Underwater Bases, Exocraft Shop

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715

24th Jul 2018

🚀NEXT
[Re-Release]

1.5

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Days Since Release
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Release

9th Aug 2016

0

110

Base Game

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Base Building, Farming, Freighters, Creative & Survival Modes

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26th Nov 2016

🏗 Foundation

1.1

Exocraft, Multiple Ships, Ship Specializations & Class System, Online Base Sharing

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212

8th Mar 2017

🚧 Pathfinder

1.2

1.3

💎Atlas Rises

11th Aug 2017

368

347

Story (Artemis Path), Varied Biomes, Mission System, Trading, Crashed Freighters, Terrain Editing, Portals, Mini Multi-player, Exotic Ships

🧭 Galactic Expeditions, 🥇Mission Patches, 😎 New HUD + 4K UI, 🗺 Expedition Planner, 🥽 Visor Tech, 🏆 Cross-Save Rewards, 🛸 Sentinel Combat Enhancements - Scaling System, 🧠 Perf + Load Optimised, 😍 Cross-Platform Naming Merge, 📆 On-going Seasons, Twitch Drops, Expedition Milestone Patches, Rendezvous Points For All Players To Meet, Resource Target Sweeping, Visual Overhaul

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1758

2nd Jun 2021

🌈Prisms

3.5

😍Reflections, 🐰Fur, 🐛Flying Pets, 🔮Refractions, ☂Rain + Weather, 🚀More Stars, 👾Bytebeat Expansion, 😎Parallax Occlusion Mapping, 🌌New Warp Effects, 😭Improved Photo Mode, 🍾New Particle Effects, 🌈Improved Light Shafts, 💎DLSS, 🌼Increased Biome Detail

3.6

👀Frontiers

1st Sept 2021

1849

🤯Planetary Settlements, 👀Become Town Overseer, 🏗250+ new Base Parts, 👨‍👦‍👦Town NPC Sim, 📺Proc Interiors, 🎮15x Saves, 🥂Disputes, 🐛Monstrous Pets, 🌈Visual Effects, 🤖Twitch Campaign, 🗺Season 3, 🌌Space Nebulae, 😎Base Building Overhaul, 🧞Settlement Sim, 🔫Grow + Defend Towns

50

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🐛Sandworm Pets, 🤯New Sandworm Variants, 💀Expedition + Narrative, 🐙Fight Titan Worms, 🤢Feasting Casque Head, 🥚Collect Sandworm Eggs, 🤮Flesh Pyrotechnic, 🌈Richer VFX, 👻Ghastly Trail, 🎃New Expedition Rewards, 🐍Rideable Sandworms

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1898

20th Oct 2021

🐛Emergence

3.7

🔫Combat Overhaul, 💀New Enemies, 🧠Improved AI, 🗺New Lore and Missions, 🐙Exobiology Expedition, 💪All New Weapons, 😍Weapon VFX Overhaul, 👻Active Camo, 🤖Buildable AI Mech, 🤯Sentinel HQ

56

2017

16th Feb 2022

🔫Sentinel

3.8

3.85

42

2073

13th Apr 2022

🏴‍☠️Outlaws

🏴‍☠️Outlaw Space Stations, 🤯Cloth Simulation,  🦜Outlaw Story, 🎰Smuggling, 🛰Solar Ship, 🔫Recruit Wingmen, 🛸Planetary Frigates, 🕹Improved Space Combat, 📜Forged Passports, 🙏More Ship Slots, ☠Bounty Missions, 👾Planetary Pirate Raids

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56

2115

25th May 2022

🐋Leviathan

3.9

🐋Space Whales!, 🕹️New Expedition, 🥰Whalestalker Cloak, 🌍Community Goal, 🧠New Narrative, 💀Roguelike Mechanic, 🚀Organic Frigate Reward, 🔮Temporal Starship Trail

🚀Freighter Overhaul, 👷Vast Bases, 🛰️Improved Hangar, 🧑‍🚀NPC Crew, 🔭New Bridge, 👀External Windows, 🛸Teleporter, 🪨Huge Asteroids Fields, 🤯Exterior Walkways, 🌌Space Atmospherics, 🪐Polestar Expedition, 🐋Living Frigate