So…we all know Hello Games made massive promises about NMS before it’s August 2016 release date, and it become one of the biggest disappointments in history.
However, they quietly kept working and patching bugs, fixing problems, streamlining the gameplay, and adding content. The first major changes came with the Foundation 1.1 patch in November 2016, followed by the Path Finder 1.2 patch in March 2017. Then in August 2017 one year after launch we got the Atlas Rises 1.3 patch, and in what we all thought was the culmination bringing everything together (to what had originally been envisioned and promised) the devs gave us the NEXT 1.5 patch in July 2018, approximately 2 years after launch.
I was not expecting anything after NEXT, it seemed to finally deliver all that we had hoped for, plus a bunch of extra content. However, we continued to get more with The Abyss 1.7 patch in October 2018 and Visions 1.75 patch in November 2018. Both of those were unexpected but welcome additions to what myself and many others would consider a complete game (even if it took them 2+ years post-release to get to that stage).
But, surprise of all surprises, we are getting a brand new major content update titled BEYOND! The main goal with the update is to expand access to VR, but they are also deepening the multiplayer aspect of the game to give friends a richer experience when playing together, plus they are adding a mystery third feature that has most of us guessing… It is the 7th major update, it is coming out in 10 days, it looks fantastic as it always has, and it will definitely bring back explorers for the zillionth hour of gameplay, something I will credit the dev team with.
It is short notice since I know the Chrono team often plans deals out months in advance, but it would be very cool to add more Chrono buddies to play the newest expansion together by having a new lowest deal. Even if Chrono can’t host a great deal, you can always use GMG to buy during their summer deal for $22.44 with their extra 12% off using code SUMMER12…but it would be so cool to see Chrono break the new record low deal with a $19.99 price to help more gamers enjoy this originally rough-cut diamond that is now polished.