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Hello Games  [developer] Sep 24, 2020 @ 10:00am
Experimental Branch 24/09
Hello Everyone,

First of all, thanks so much to everyone who has already spent time playing No Man's Sky and letting us know about any issues you’ve experienced.

Steam users are able to opt-in to the Experimental Branch, where we have pushed a patch to address some problems. We’ll be rolling out these fixes to other platforms as soon as possible.

To play in Experimental, right-click on No Man’s Sky from the Steam library page and select “Properties”. Among the available tabs will be the “BETAS” tab. Enter “3xperimental” in the textbox and press “CHECK CODE”, then select it from the dropdown menu.

The patch notes are as follows:

Experimental Branch Update 28/09
  • Fixed an issue that caused the build menu to be inaccessible after going through a portal as part of a mission. This issue could previously be worked around by saving and reloading the game.

Experimental Branch Update 25/09
  • Fixed an issue that caused some electromagnetic power hotspots to supply less power than before.
  • Fixed an issue that caused warp tunnel audio to continue to play after the warp had finished.
  • Fixed an issue that caused industrial power grid batteries to be used as bait for robotic creatures, instead of ion batteries.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a softlock when trying to purchase a frigate in specific star systems.
  • Fixed an issue that caused creatures to spawn in the opposite hemisphere than indicated in the discovery hint.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the portal coordinates for new worlds to be considered invalid.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause volcanoes to be placed upon buildings.
  • Experimental only: Fixed an issue that prevented the Terrain Manipulator from mining substances.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented items from unlocking in the Quicksilver shop.
  • Fixed an issue that caused framerate stuttering on PC.
  • Fixed an issue that caused some buildings to move, which could result in missions leading to distant buildings or in bases being buried under the terrain.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent games from saving correctly. This fix fully restores any affected saves.

Experimental Branch 24/09
  • Fixed an issue that counted extinct creatures towards the planet total in the Local Information Register.
  • Fixed an issue that caused new creatures to be marked 'Extinct' when discovered.
  • Fixed an issue that caused incorrect creatures to spawn on weird biomes.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed Exocraft to destroy volcanoes and other large objects.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when an NPC ship took off from the planet surface.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed some traders to continue to sell deprecated items.
  • Fixed a number of crashes specific to AMD video cards.
  • Introduced a significant optimisation for large bases.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when being hit by a projectile launched by an entity that was destroyed before the projectile hit.
  • Upgraded OpenVR to the latest revision.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Nexus mission to be abandoned as if the player was AFK, even though they had taken off before the AFK timer finished.

As always, thank you to all players who use Experimental and take the time to report any issues you encounter.

Please note there is the possibility that experimental builds may introduce new issues that haven't been caught in test. We'd like to recommend that all players back up their save files, by making a local copy of the st_[userid] folder found here: %appdata%\HelloGames\NMS\

Note that we don't anticipate any issues here. However, performing your own backups could mean the difference between resuming play immediately, or waiting for the next patch.

If you decide to opt out of experimental and return to the main branch, we strongly recommend resuming from a backed-up save from the main branch, rather than taking an experimental branch save back to main, which may cause unexpected behaviour.

Feedback and reports of new bugs/issues being found on Experimental are welcome, so please reply to this thread or submit a ticket to https://hellogames.zendesk.com/ with the phrase "Steam Experimental" in the ticket title. If you are running any mods for the game, please list them along with your bug report.
Last edited by Hello Games; Sep 28, 2020 @ 6:17am
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Death Rictus Sep 24, 2020 @ 10:27am 
My terrain manipulator can't mine. Not getting anything at all. My inventory has space but I'm not even getting a notification that anything is being mined.
titchoune Sep 24, 2020 @ 10:30am 
Last update today. Heavy graphic bugs... :( Expecting next update...
WarioKartPro Sep 24, 2020 @ 11:12am 
Originally posted by Death Rictus:
My terrain manipulator can't mine. Not getting anything at all. My inventory has space but I'm not even getting a notification that anything is being mined.

I just started new survival mode and I can confirm this. Cannot mine.
Cake Sep 24, 2020 @ 11:14am 
Please please fix the skinny body type, the right foot still looks lumpy and gross :( since NEXT.
Cynicalking Sep 24, 2020 @ 11:36am 
Originally posted by WarioKartPro:
Originally posted by Death Rictus:
My terrain manipulator can't mine. Not getting anything at all. My inventory has space but I'm not even getting a notification that anything is being mined.

I just started new survival mode and I can confirm this. Cannot mine.
Thirded. Plus both my bases are now underground :S
waffle Sep 24, 2020 @ 11:49am 
game crashes when i try to load wold. i think its beacouse of textures so could you add options in main menu? and option to have smaller amount of plants that spawn
Last edited by waffle; Sep 24, 2020 @ 11:55am
-Alkaeda' Sep 24, 2020 @ 12:19pm 
Game crashes and stutters while moving and looking around, please fix asap! GTX 1050TI 4GB
ChromeSDK Sep 24, 2020 @ 12:33pm 
My terrain manipulator does not work after the latest update. It mines away the ground just fine but doesn't collect anything. On resource deposits as well. Cannot collect anything now. Have tried dismantling the manipulator and rebuilding just to check and still nothing.

And just for testing sake, I reverted my game back off the experimental branch and it works again. So something happened with the latest build.

And I apologize for not reading the above where this was already mentioned! Don't know how I missed that...
Last edited by ChromeSDK; Sep 24, 2020 @ 1:01pm
ChrisF0001 Sep 24, 2020 @ 12:34pm 
Originally posted by Cynicalking:
Originally posted by WarioKartPro:

I just started new survival mode and I can confirm this. Cannot mine.
Thirded. Plus both my bases are now underground :S
Fourthed, the terrain manipulator doesn't mine deposits anymore, just destroys them without giving you anything. I dare not check on my bases. :)
iGom Sep 24, 2020 @ 1:22pm 
Originally posted by ChromeSDK:
My terrain manipulator does not work after the latest update. It mines away the ground just fine but doesn't collect anything. On resource deposits as well. Cannot collect anything now. Have tried dismantling the manipulator and rebuilding just to check and still nothing.

And just for testing sake, I reverted my game back off the experimental branch and it works again. So something happened with the latest build.

And I apologize for not reading the above where this was already mentioned! Don't know how I missed that...


Same problem
Originally posted by ChrisF0001:
Originally posted by Cynicalking:
Thirded. Plus both my bases are now underground :S
Fourthed, the terrain manipulator doesn't mine deposits anymore, just destroys them without giving you anything. I dare not check on my bases. :)

Same here. Plus I dared to check my other bases, and they were all deep underground (biome not changed, but still the patch didn't fixed the problem with bases). My poor farmer was chocked between rocks and dirt since D1 Patch: how could you, you hearthless monsters ç_ç
Last edited by You are avenged... brother; Sep 24, 2020 @ 1:23pm
youngneil1 Sep 24, 2020 @ 1:44pm 
Mining with terrain manipulator does not work (see above). Survival difficulty, tutorial mission, trying to gather materials for first base computer).
PurSpyk!! Sep 24, 2020 @ 1:48pm 
Originally posted by Cynicalking:
Originally posted by WarioKartPro:

I just started new survival mode and I can confirm this. Cannot mine.
Thirded. Plus both my bases are now underground :S

Yes same issue, actually deleted my base was so irritated, and cannot mine
iKemikal Sep 24, 2020 @ 1:53pm 
I'm confused.
I played the new update for about 13 hours and in the new exploration guide mission I see 8 of 9 creatures found.
In the log, I'm missing 3 creatures and 2 are extinct.
I've installed the experimental patch and I've a creature update, I found 6 of 9
The problem is that those 3 do not spawn, but I see the two extinct swimming beside me!
Rebelgamer Sep 24, 2020 @ 2:03pm 
Good news is I can now play, but can't mine, as mentioned above, so still stuck...
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