“We have always wanted starting a new expedition to be an exciting refresher, a way for experienced players to find a new perspective on No Man’s Sky, or for new players to find a part of the universe they hadn’t yet experienced,” the devs say. “But this very busy year, and the limited-time nature of the expeditions, has meant that it has been difficult for some people to participate in them. As a one off, we wanted to give people who missed out on any of this year’s expeditions another chance to experience the unique challenges and rewards they offered over this Thanksgiving and Christmas period, when life slows down a bit and hopefully gives us all more free time! We’ve even managed to bring back the Normandy as a reward for those who missed out, which I know so many have asked for.”
Each expedition has been “tweaked” to fit a two-week window, with a new starting planet. First up is Expedition 1: Pioneers, which is live now and runs until December 7th. Then, from December 8th to the 21st, it’s Expedition 2: Beachhead/Normandy, followed by Expedition 3: Cartographers from December 22nd to January 4th. Lastly, there’s Expedition 4: Emergence, from January 5th to the 19th. An update with numerous bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements comes alongside the expedition; you can check out the patch notes to see the full list of fixes.
The devs add that “already work has started on some exciting plans for 2022” — we’ll keep an eye out for what those plans might be. In the meantime, will you be diving back into No Man’s Sky to revisit those expeditions? Let us know in the comments!