Hello Games' upcoming space exploration and survival game No Man's Sky may not have been released yet, but that has not stopped the indie studio from working on its first major update. No Man's Sky creative director and studio founder Sean Murray has confirmed that the team is already finishing work on the game's first big patch that is said to include "lots of new features, balancing and content".
"5am at Hello Games," Murray tweeted on 3 August. "Wrapping up a month of work on our first update. Lots of new features, balancing and content." However, he did not specify when players can expect the upcoming patch or the changes it will include.
The announcement comes just days after a gamer, who managed to get an early copy of the sci-fi sim, claimed that the centre of No Man's Sky's much-touted, massive universe can be reached in just 20-30 hours.
After posting spoiler-laden footage of the game's PS4 version on Dailymotion, including the opening sequence and about 24 minutes of gameplay, Reddit user daymeeuhn followed up with a post about a "game-breaking bug" that he says allowed him to make his way to the centre of the universe much faster than expected.
"I'm about halfway there. 30% of the 100% distance has been just from the last few hours alone," daymeeuhn wrote. "With a YouTube video explaining how to do this I think someone could reach the centre in no time, 20-30 hours easy."
However, he did admit that it does not mean he has completed all of the game's "major events".
"I am still yet to swim to the bottom of a big ocean. I am still yet to destroy a space station. I definitely still have stuff to do," he wrote.
Although many daymeeuhn's videos have been removed from Dailymotion, others have already uploaded them again on sites like YouTube and Pornhub.
Shortly after the footage was leaked, Murraytook to Twitter to urge fans to stay away from spoilers and wait to experience the highly-anticipated game for themselves.
"We've spent years filling No Man's Sky with surprises," Murray tweeted. "You've spent years waiting. Please don't spoil it for yourself."
"Take a break from reading about it, and picking vids apart. You can experience it for yourself so soon."
No Man's Sky is set to release on 9 August in the US and on 10 August in the UK and Europe for PS4. The game's PC version will be released worldwide on 12 August.