Become a cargo smuggling space pirate in the No Man’s Sky Outlaws update

Twitter got all excited the other day when No Man’s Sky creator Sean Murray posted a little pirate flag emoji. That was enough to get the hype dialed in, as fans speculated that this must be the start of some new space pirate update on the cusp of launch, with cargo smuggling, pirate missions, and black market features.

Turns out a lot of that was correct. The new No Man’s Sky update is called Out of law and you will finally be able to live the life of a space pirate in the infinite cosmos. The decaying underworld of No Man’s Sky will be explored in the update, including piracy missions, black market technology, smuggling, and spaceports run by pirates in outlaw star systems.

There’s also cover physics. Because there are covers. Check it out in the trailer above.

I remember an update (I don’t remember what update) which added inactive space stations. They were lit up with scary red lights and completely abandoned: no vendors, no NPCs. From the trailer, it looks like these stations might be full of space pirates right now. That’s where you’ll acquire new pirate missions and black market technology. “Like-minded players can even acquire a fake passport that will allow them to bypass the authorities,” says developer Hello Games.

To keep up with your new life as an outlaw, how about some new ships? For the first time since the Living Ship update, a new starship class has been added, and they look pretty sick with those extendable solar sails. You also won’t have to abandon any of your current ships when you find a new solar ship: the maximum number of player ships has been increased from six to nine.

Naturally, contraband will attract the attention of sentries, but that’s not all you need to worry about. Just because you are now a pirate doesn’t mean you won’t have to fight other pirates, because stealing from thieves is a good way to make a living. However, you won’t be alone in battle: AI-controlled squadmates can be hired to act as your personal wingmen, and they can even be upgraded over time to improve your flying and combat skills. You will be leading a real gang of space pirates.

To keep up with all that extra pew-pew-pew you’ll be doing, combat has been reworked. “Handling has been improved, weapons have new visual effects, and enemy ships now have shields,” says Hello Games. “Depth has also been added to weapon selection with a variety of specialized side effects such as slowing down enemy engines or disabling shield systems.”

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No Man's Sky Outlaws pirate ships in space combat

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No Man's Sky Outlaws pirate ships in space combat

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No Man's Sky Outlaws pirate ships in space combat

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No Man's Sky Outlaws pirate ships in space combat

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“Ship-to-ship combat can now also take place in a planet’s atmosphere – and pirates can invade your settlements. For those who find Space Combat difficult, flight accessibility has been significantly improved with a new Auto-Follow mode.”

Are you ready for a life of crime? Space crime? The Outlaws update arrives today, and as always, it’s free for No Man’s Sky owners.

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