Update [Mon 10th Oct, 2022 13:30 BST]: Releasing on other consoles late last week, No Man's Sky's Waypoint update is now available on Switch.
This means that all of the new features mentioned below are now fully playable on the Nintendo console - including the Switch-specific rewards.
We have been having a great time with No Man's Sky so far and we have given our pre-Waypoint thoughts in our review in progress. We will be diving right in to the Waypoint update today and delivering our full verdict, including the all-important final score, as soon as we can.
Original [Fri 7th Oct, 2022 17:00 BST]: After what feels like a long wait of cautious optimism and nerves, No Man's Sky is finally out on Switch and Hello Games is introducing a new update to go alongside it. While the update is set to go live on all previous consoles immediately, the team has pointed out that it may take a little longer in landing on Switch:
The Waypoint update is currently through certification with Nintendo and is awaiting release, which should be very soon and within the launch window.
Update 4.0, referred to as 'Waypoint', is set to bring a whole host of new features to the game from new mechanics and custom game modes to crafting trees and new asteroid variants. All this is to say that the game is set to get a whole lot bigger.
One of the newly introduced features that immediately caught our eye is Waypoint's 'Relaxed Mode', which, as you may have guessed, works to make the game that little bit more relaxing. This means that you will still be able to get the full No Man's Sky experience, just without quite as much danger.
Although we will have to wait for the update to be approved by Nintendo before we can get our hands on all of the new features, Waypoint also brings some Switch-specific rewards to the intergalactic table - so we guess we can forgive the delay. Just by connecting to the No Man's Sky servers before November 7th, Switch users can redeem the Horizon Vector NX starship and Infinite Neon Mark XXII Multi-Tool as something of a post-launch gift.
There is a lot to unpack in the Waypoint update and the full list of patch notes can be found on the No Man's Sky official site. The fact that it's not on Switch just means that we have the chance to get to grips with the launch game first, which will surely make the update all the sweeter.
What do you make of the Waypoint additions? We're working on our review of the game as we speak, but in the meantime, blast into the comments to let us know your thoughts!