Another No Man's Sky major content update has landed unlocking a whole new way to experience the space exploration title. The newly released Companions update lets players adopt the infinitely varied wild creatures they find in the universe and take them in their travels.
Once bonded with a player after feeding, playing, and giving them attention, these aliens can be trained to offer benefits such as scanning for resources, attacking hostile creatures, digging treasures, and even using new accessories like mounted mining lasers. Companions that are well looked after will also lay eggs, which players raise to become new companions or trade with others.
Moreover, if players decide to breed even weirder critters, the Egg Sequencer can be utilized to "remix the genetic material of their growing eggs to produce unique, never-before-seen creatures." Each companion will have its own unique personality depending on what kind of species they are and what kind of environment shaped them.
The update also carries other improvements such as allowing hotkey usage for dialog selection on PC, significant load time improvements on the PlayStation 4, the ability to ride giant creatures, as well as a large number of bug fixes. The No Man's Sky Companions update's complete patch notes can be found here.