No Man’s Sky has seen a significant boost in players following this week’s 1.3 Atlus Rises update. These new or returning players, for the most part, like what they see. The game’s recent (last 30 days) Steam reviews have flipped to “mostly positive” for the first time in months.

Since the release of 1.3 on Friday, the concurrent player numbers have shot up from around 500-1,000 per day to (on Friday) 9,000, and now close to 15,000. That’s a long way off the game’s all time launch high of 200,000 concurrent players, but clearly a significant improvement, and one that indicates Atlus Rises is pulling people back in.

It shows signs of a redemptive turn-around for No Man’s Sky after a launch last year that was rife with problems, missing features, and widespread disappointment. That awful launch isn’t excused, but the continuing effort from Hello Games to fix up and add to the game is exactly the right kind of response.

Peter Parrish

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