You can now sometimes get quests from NPCs on planets, similar to the guild quests, just not for guilds. I think this is a cool feature, but for me, the dialogue is glitched. Instead of actually explaining the quest, you just get a data string that is likely the file name for the dialogue or something like that. Here is a screenshot of the dialogue when you complete the mission, but it is similar when you start it.
Playing on a new v1.5 save on PC, Steam