No Man's Sky

No Man’s Sky Omega Update Allows New Players to Play For Free Until February 19

Hello, Games is seemingly testing the free-to-play waters as the newest No Man’s Sky update, Omega will let new players try out the 2016 game for free throughout this upcoming long weekend, the developer announced. The update adds new content and bug fixes in the game, as detailed in its patch notes.

“From 14:00 GMT, Thursday 15th Feb to 18:00 GMT, Monday 19th Feb, the entire Omega expedition will be open to everyone, entirely for free, even if you don’t own No Man’s Sky! This is the best time for players old and new to come together and explore the universe,” Hello Games wrote in the update.

The No Man’s Sky update introduces an overhaul to expeditions, allowing new and old players to experience expeditions in the main game. The new system will enable players to join expeditions with bespoke provisions, bring along their favourite starships or custom multi-tools and return to their main save with loot and exciting rewards. The game also introduces new on-planet missions and lets players go through the Atlas path again, but this time, it allows them to bring home a new Atlas staff, jetpack, and helmet into the main game. Additionally, players who defeat pirate freighters in combat can now board their ships.

As for where the game goes from here, Hello Games’ Sean Murray sent out a cryptic tweet listing all 25 major updates from the game from the past almost eight years, with Omega at the bottom and three blank spots above it. This seems like a hint: No Man’s Sky is getting three updates, possibly this year, as Murray, in a PlayStation blog post, states that the studio has big plans for this year. While not outright stated, these 2024 updates sound like they might be Hello Games’s final updates for the game as it possibly winds down its many years of support to focus on the studio’s next project entirely.

No Man’s Sky first launched on PS4 and PC platforms in 2016 and later came to Xbox One in 2018, Xbox Series X|S and PS5 in 2020, Nintendo Switch in 2022, and Mac in 2023. Subsequent No Man’s Sky updates allowed PlayStation players to experience space adventure in PS VR and PS VR2. Hello Games’ next game, Light No Fire, was announced at this past Game Awards with no platforms or release target announced at the time.