No Man’s Sky Companions update lets players tame pets

Hello Games is releasing a Companions update for No Man’s Sky. This free update lets players tame, train and keep animals in-game. The update will be available for all platforms on which the game is available.

With the Companions update, players can take up to six pets, developer Hello Games writes. Players can tame native animals on planets by feeding, playing with and giving them attention. These companions can also be dressed up with accessories.

Users can explore planets together with their pets, where the animal can help with foraging for resources, marking danger, and hunting enemy creatures, among other things. The update allows users to continue riding on animals and milking them after they have been fed. The animals also have a ‘neural link’ to the player’s exosuit, which allows gamers to view the state of mind of their pets, among other things.

If players take good care of the animals, they can also lay eggs. The player can collect these and hatch them in his or her exosuit. Animals from eggs will look like their parents, but will “never look exactly the same,” according to the developer. Gamers can also modify the genetic code of eggs in the egg sequencer, which is placed in the Space Anomaly. This should ensure more rare and unique animal species.

The update also adds several other optimizations. For example, the loading times of the PS4 version should be reduced. Several bugs have also been fixed and some improvements to the user interface have been made; players can now more easily select dialogue options using a controller or keyboard and mouse.