New No Man’s Sky Expedition Adds a Time Loop, ‘Space Whales’

There’s something big coming to No Man’s Sky. Very large.

Space whales? Yes, space whales. A new No Man’s Sky expedition has added an alien leviathan colloquially called the space whale, which some eagle-eyed gamers have already predicted due to Hello Games founder Sean Murray tweeting a whale emoji a few days ago.

But these are not the kind of space whales that paddle in the oceans of space. They float through the sky like airships and fly through outer space like starships. You can catch a glimpse of some in the trailer above and in the image gallery below. (Personally, I think they look more like space squid thanks to all the tentacles, but they’re still cool.)

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Space Whale No Man's Sky Leviathan Expedition

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Space Whale No Man's Sky Leviathan Expedition

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Space whales aren’t the only thing unusual about the new expedition, called Leviathan. This mission is set in a time loop and works a bit like a roguelike. If players die during the expedition, they will lose all their progress and restart at the beginning with a procedurally generated loadout. The entire community can work together to achieve goals that make more powerful updates available during the expedition. Eventually, players will become powerful enough during a loop to get through without dying and complete the quest.

That definitely sounds different! Rewards for completing the Leviathan expedition include a new “Whalestalker” cloak, an organic frigate for your base (presumably it’s like those bizarre organic ships, but bigger), and a gigantic space whale that you can add to your fleet. For more details, check the patch notes here (opens in new tab).

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