No Man's Sky Desolation update screenshot of a horror atmosphere

[Update]: No Man's Sky is getting a brand new update this September, 2020.

In a bit of a surprising (albeit not unwelcome) change in direction, No Man's Sky's Desolation update has now brought in a smidgen of survival-horror to the usually relaxed exploration. Most of this comes through the newly added derelict and procedurally generated ships, many of which are filled with both alien riches and dangers to uncover.

While each ship is randomly generated, there are plenty of hand-written text logs for you to find throughout your journey, all in an effort to piece together just what exactly happened to the ship you're on. But if you don't really care about the story, worry not as you'll still have plenty to do given that the ships appear to be practically infested with innumerable alien nasties.

You can get a bit of a sneak peek at what all of this looks like in-game, as well as just how atmospheric the whole thing is, through the most recent teaser trailer. Have a gander:

The Desolation update has also brought in numerous improvements and balance changes to the weapons and enemies, with the intent being to make the combat a lot more dynamic and enjoyable. You can read the full list of changes, as well as check out some of the other smaller additions, over at the official website.

And as a final note, it's also worth mentioning that No Man's Sky is currently 50% off on Steam. So if you ever wanted to give it a try, this would be a pretty good time to do so. Just make sure to rope in a friend to come along for the ride if you can - co-op really does make the whole experience a lot better. Have fun!