'No Man's Sky' was one of the most-hyped games of the year. Trailers showed an impressively detailed, procedurally generated universe with a thriving economy and quintillions -- literally quintillions -- of planets to explore.
But when the game released in August, many fans were infuriated. The game was certainly big, but there wasn't much to do except fly around, cram resources into a too-small inventory, rinse and repeat. Many criticized developer Hello Games for false advertising.
A vocal community on the No Man's Sky subreddit demanded refunds and continually started critical threads, baffled by the developers' continued silence on the game. After one confusing incident, the subreddit briefly became devoted to the TV show "Mr. Robot," and later, the official Twitter account was hacked.
Then the "Foundation Update" released on Sunday. The update adds a slew of new features to the game, including the ability to build bases, farm crops and hire freighters for more inventory storage, among many other changes.
Sean Murray, head of Hello Games, implied the update would be huge.
The update so far has only hit PlayStation 4; it will presumably release for the PC version of the game soon. Hello Games said the update will be the first of "many free updates."
So far, the reaction is mixed. Some sang the game's praises.
If that No Man's Sky patch notes list is real, I'm really pumped to get the 20% of those features that will make it in!— dmbrandon!! (@juiceDiem) November 27, 2016
Others seemed skeptical the game could deliver on its promises.
Would you get on a train that just crashed at 900mph into a solid brick wall?— Daniel Hardcastle (@DanNerdCubed) November 25, 2016
Then the No Man's Sky update Hype Train may be for you!
And still others were more blunt...like Redditors.
But some proposed it might be the Game of the Year.
We hope you enjoy this first proper update. We didn't want to talk about anything in it until it was 100% certain.— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) November 27, 2016
Murray thanked fans for their support.