No Man's Sky went through something of a relaunch back in 2018, which added a variety of weird and wonderful alien species to discover across its many planets. Its latest Companions update bridges the gap between you and the and wildlife, as players can now take many creatures along as pets.

Pets can now be recruited to assist you on your adventure, scanning the planets for resources, assisting you in battle, and mine for materials with shoulder mounted lasers. They even lay eggs which can be nurtured using a new Egg Sequencer, to be genetically modified to create new species. If all this wasn't enough, players can even customise their wild friends or create bonds between them by playing and feeding them.

"Travelers are now able to adopt the creatures they encounter and form close bonds with them. They will travel side-by-side with you as you adventure through the universe, both as a friend and as a valuable aide on your voyage. Train them to scan for resources, mark out hazards, provide light, hunt dangerous fauna, find settlements, excavate buried treasure or even mine for materials with their own shoulder-mounted mining lasers."

No Man's Sky hit the Xbox Series X|S as part of its launch line-up of titles, bringing a stellar next-gen update which pushed the game to 60 frames per second with 4K support. It's also available in Xbox Game Pass, which is a bonus!

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