The... Abyss! New update coming

But I mixed mine with coffee…?

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OOOOOOOH
I have no words.
Too excited.

In completely unrelated news, I’m relocating my base to a scorched planet.

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What? Scared of the water? :chicken: :smile:

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I hope we get a new underwater Sentinel type.

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Mine’s on a desert planet. Suddenly that decision feels… counterproductive.

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So this discussion becomes relevant now The Abyss - Plot or Easter Egg? (Possible Major Spoilers)

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I fear for the more Lovecraftian possibilities this event might entail. It is Halloween season, afterall…

“Sometimes I believe that this less material life is our truer life, and that our vain presence on the terraqueous globe is itself the secondary or merely virtual phenomenon.”

-Beyond the Wall of Sleep

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“We’ve called it The Abyss, because it focuses on some of the eerier elements of No Man’s Sky, in keeping with the theme of this season.”

Hello Games Promo Blurb.

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From: Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future (1886)

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I’ve been waiting for this ever since I first set foot into an abandoned building. I have not been able to contain my anticipation since the pathfinder update and the further allusions to some sort of cosmic horror in the technicians quest line.

With every update I expected some clarification on the matter and now here we are, just over two years later and it’s getting its very own update. This also confirms my suspicions that Sean has been the person sneaking into my room and reading my personal diary.

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I’m super excited! It sounds like the update that will make the (sorry) slightly bland NEXT more esoteric and interesting. I really loved Atlas Rises because it deepened the lore of the simulation, and widened our interactions with NPCs. I don’t know that I think The Abyss will match it, that’s probably too optimistic, but at least 3 things make me super hopeful:

1 - Clear allusions to water, darkness, and depth. Revamped underwater? Sub?
2 - The brazen use of “Abyss” in the title means HG must at least open the envelope on “the abyss” lore a bit, they cannot release this without some kind of follow-up in it.
3 - The central mention of “eerie”; this has to at least start to address the “weirder, more alien” flora/fauna, possibly introduce new monsters? “Corrupted” (zombie) fauna/Sentinels? Evil biomes?

Also at the same time feeling a bit scared because at least pts 1 + 3 are ones I have directly shouted about for a long time. I just hope the rest of you all agree it would be interesting additions … :blush:

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Yes, I’ve been thinking that for a long time now. The word “Abyss” has nothing at all to do with water.

But in the minds of James Cameron and Sean Murray, it clearly does.

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It would seem ‘Abyss’ has become synonymous with deep water and dark scary places.
The naming of the ‘Abyssal Plain’ in the deep ocean may be part of it.
Sounds cool anyway and the deeper oceans and submerged caves of NMS certainly do offer plenty of habitat for something delightfully sinister to lurk.

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The only thing we have experience of and can realistically describe as being an Abyss, is the very deep places of the ocean that are so deep it is hard for us to comprehend it.

It sort of goes beyond measurement and understanding as the depth cannot be pictured.

I knew I did right to set up home on an ocean world.

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Tie in with Riven confirmed :crazy_face:

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“I have seen the dark universe yawning
Where the black planets roll without aim,
Where they roll in their horror unheeded,
Without knowledge or lustre or name.”

  • H.P. Lovecraft “The Haunter Of the Dark”
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According to Hesiod’s Theogony, there is an interesting measurement to reach the deep abyss, Tartarus (prison for the Titans). It involves a bronze anvil :wink:

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The title of the new update immediately recalled memories of the first time I found an abandoned space station, which was one of the most unique experiences that I have had in NMS.
I hope we get some more of that slightly creepy, abandoned atmosphere. I love the abandoned space stations.

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The abandoned space stations are great, but feel like they’re missing something. They need either a DJ and disco ball, or some menacing genestealers :slight_smile:

@DevilinPixy Hopefully we won’t need to fall for nine days to reach the dungeon of torment and suffering…

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