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UPDATES & EXPERIMENTAL
As of November 2023 there have (so far) been over 30 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.
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).
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.
🏗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 / ❔
31st Mar 2021
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
17th Feb 2021
1st Dec 2020
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
💀 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
17th Jul 2020
10th Jun 2020
🚀 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
7th Apr 2020
🥚 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
18th Feb 2020
28th Nov 2019
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
🎵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!
14th Aug 2019
[Re-Release & VR]
22nd Nov 2018
29th Oct 2018
24th Jul 2018
Days Since Release
9th Aug 2016
26th Nov 2016
8th Mar 2017
11th Aug 2017
🧭 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
2nd Jun 2021
😍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
1st Sept 2021
🤯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
🐛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
20th Oct 2021
16th Feb 2022
13th Apr 2022
🏴☠️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
25th May 2022
🐋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 Frigates, 👽Combat Missions
20th Jul 2022
🤯Nintendo Switch Version, 😎Relaxed Mode, ❤️Overhauled Inventories, 💉Revamped UI, 🪐Improved Missions, 💪Tons of QoL, 🧑🚀Level Cap Increase, 👩🔧Custom Game Mode, 🦑Info Portal, 🌠New Milestone System, 🦾Increased Challenge, 🧬Crafting Improved, 🛰️Commerce Shuttle, 👽New Collectibles
7th Oct 2022
22nd Feb 2023
🧑🚀Utopia Expedition, 🚀Speeder Ship, 🤩12 Ship Garage, 🥽PSVR2 Launch, 🦄Wonders Catalogue, 🎮Gyro Controls, 👣New Switch Content, 🤖Robot Pet, 🎈High End VR GFX, 😎Visor Helm, 🦾Left Hand Mode, 🥼Dynamic Res Scaling, 🎨HDR Revamp, 🎁Huge VR Overhaul
5th Apr 2023
💎Corrupted Worlds, 🎭Evolving Story, 🚀New Ship Class, 🎒Sentinel Jetpack, 👀Abandoned Camps, 🤖Robot Spiders, 😶🌫️Sentinel Cockpit, ⚔️Improved Combat, 🔫Sentinel Weaponry, 👻Stealth Enemies, ☠️Capital Ship Battles, ☎️New Nexus Mission, 🐌Custom Wonders, 🧙♂️VR Improvements
1st Jun 2023
❌▶️Cross Play, ❌💾Cross Save, 🤘Metal 3, 👟High Performance, 👨💻Apple Silicon and Intel, 🦄MetalFX Temporal & Spatial Upscaling, 👨💻Optimised Loading, 🕹️Full Controller Support, 💝7 years of updates
7th Jun 2023
👻Ship of AI Souls / 🔭New Expedition / 🦾Robotics! / 2️⃣Part 2 of 4 Part Arc / 🧬Community Goal / 🤖Assemble a Construct / 🧠Find it a brain / ✨Crimson Trail / ⛑️Wayfarer's Helm / 🎲ARG Clues
🚀Epic Freighter Battles / 🧙♂️Customisable Staff / 🦾Robotic Race / 🕶️Atlas MultiTool / 🔮Holo Displays / ✍️New Story / 🔫Weapon Trading / 👨🚀Voyagers Exp / 👾Space Combat Depth / 🚢Torpedo Frigates / 🧨Ship Trenches / 🎁Twitch Campaign / 🏴☠️Pirate Faction / 🦄PSVR2 & Switch Visuals
24th Aug 2023
22nd Nov 2023