Expeditions in No Man’s Sky were first introduced in March 2021. Hailed as community events, each expedition charges players to achieve certain goals to increase the return of their rewards.
Expeditions are timed events ranging (so far at least) between two and five weeks in length. While gameplay techniques you have picked up in the general game will definitely come into play during an expedition, each will mix up the gameplay and each mixes up the gameplay in such as way as to introduce new mechanics.
The perfect example of this is in the latest expedition - Leviathan, which sees players stuck in a time loop. Sometimes the only way to progress is to die, which will seem counter0intuative to the very nature of a survival game. Plot twist.
All this is new content to help keep the No Man’s Sky experience fresh and it is exciting to think where Hello Games might go next. We have already had one crossover event with Mass Effect - the Beachhead expedition, where the major reward was the Normandy SR1 ship from ME.
List of Expeditions in NMS
Here is the full run down on the missions players have been sent on since their arrival into the game in 2021.
|1||The Pioneers||31st Mar 2021||16th May 2021||The first Expedition in NMS saw players charging across the galaxy to find items and awarded them with a gold ship for their efforts.|
|2||Beachhead||17th May 2021||31st May 2021||Crossover mission with Mass Effect, with the reward being ME’s iconic Normandy spaceship.|
|3||Cartographers||8th Sept 2021||17th Oct 2021||Set on a dangerous planet, your mission was to explore it properly and leave nop stone unturned.|
|4||Emergence||20 Oct 2021||22nd Nov 2022||The planet Wasan was the seen for Emergence - a barren land infested with Titan Worms. Glad you missed it?|
|5||Exobiology||24 Feb 2022||4th April 2022||Alien time. Paired up with an ET partner you had to find and interact with alien species in this strange area of the glaxy.|
|6||The Blighted||14th April 2022||22nd May 2022||Arriving at the same time as The Outlaws free expansion, it was now your turn to hunt down the Pirates known only as The Blighted.|
|7||Leviathan||25th May 2022||5th July 2022||Trapped in a time loop where sometimes the only way out is to die. Although every tie you do, it resets the loop. Mind-boggling|
|8||Polestar||26 July 2022 TBC||6th Sept 2022 TBC||Embark on an interstellar cruise in the Polestar expedition. Repair the freighter’s unique technology, uncover its mysterious past, and journey across the galaxy at its helm.|
What is the next Expedition in NMS?
As yet Hello Games have not released any information on what Expedition will follow up Leviathan. There only seems to be a short downtime of late though so we are expecting news in the coming days and weeks.