After multiple delays, a long difficult development period and even vicious death threats, Hello Games' massive open-world space exploration game No Man's Sky has finally been released. As it did so, a substantial day one update introduced significant changes to the game's gameplay and environment.
Fans weren't happy, so BioWare, the developers behind the upcoming sci-fi role-playing game Mass Effect: Andromeda took to Twitter to defend the UK developer's decision to roll out the patch.
On Twitter, producer Michael Gamble said that a day-one patch is "a good idea 100% of the time" which "means a better quality, more stable game," Condominas responded to Gamble's tweet with "truth."
The 824 MB update, features three unique story "paths" through which players can explore the game's vast procedurally generated universe, changes to the universe generation algorithm, personal and ship inventory expansions, greater diversity of creatures, tweaks to gameplay mechanics and more.
The developer also urged players to install the important update before they begin to play.
"If you had an early copy somehow, your save game will technically work post update, but you will miss out on new content and experiences if you don't delete your save before updating," Murray wrote in a blog post on 7 August. "We highly recommend deleting your save if you have played before updating your game."
Many gamers, however, were not too happy about the vital but cumbersome download for those who do not have access to a decent Internet connection.
However, whether or not the BioWare developers will choose to implement a similar day-one patch strategy with the release of their own highly-anticipated sci-fi sim next year is yet to be seen. Initially announced during EA's E3 press conference back in June 2015, Mass Effect Andromeda's release date was pushed back earlier this year to 2017.
While many publications have yet to post reviews of the No Man's Sky, our early impressions of the game does note that the game shows "a great deal of promise so far."
No Man's Sky is available now on PS4 and will be released for PC worldwide on 12 August. Mass Effect Andromeda is set to release in 2017 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.