“A wide range of customisable accessories and decals” will also be made available so players can create a stylish companion. Hello Games notes that “no two creatures are alike,” and that the personality of the new companions will be defined “by their species and ecosystem.” This will colour their emotional interactions with other players, who may also have a companion. You can also connect your companion to an Exosuit via a neural harness, and their alien thoughts will be “translated and sent directly to your internal communication channels,” allowing players to communicate with their new alien friends.
Beyond the addition of companions, the update will also “bring significant improvements to load and warp times for PlayStation 4 players.” You can check out full patch notes on the Hello Games website.
Hello Games says that this is the start of the game’s 5th anniversary festivities, but they “have a lot planned” for the rest of 2021. In other Hello Games news, Sean Murray has said that the studio won’t be talking about its new game for a while, but that it’s going to be big.
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