No Man’s Sky update makes pet companions good boys again

No Man’s Sky developer Hello Games has revealed the latest hotfix, version 3.21, which is available to download and install right now. Following the recent companion update, many of the changes (as covered in the full patch notes) aim to train uncooperative pets into impeccably behaved crewmates. Of course, all of the No Man’s Sky update 3.21 changes apply across every eligible platform — that’s PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC.

No Man’s Sky update 3.21 patch notes

No Man's Sky update 3.21 patch notes

Companions in No Man’s Sky might look like good boys and girls, but so far, players have had some issues making them follow commands. The 3.21 update fixes several companion behavioral quirks and user interface elements, streamlining the process of interstellar pet ownership.

Here’s a complete list of patch notes for the No Man’s Sky 3.21 update:

Crash fixes

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when reading the text at some specific interactions, primarily distress beacons.
  • On PC, fixed a crash that could occur when loading creature textures.
    • This fix will roll out to other platforms as soon as possible.

General improvements

  • Introduced a number of tutorial hints for first-time players who use the Egg Sequencer.

Companion and creature improvements

  • Aggressive companions will now correctly attack hazardous plants.
  • A number of creature behaviors have been rebalanced to better match personality traits.
  • Fixed a number of issues that caused players to appear in the wrong position when riding creatures.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent a small number of creatures from being customized.
  • Improved the positioning of accessories on some four-legged creatures.
  • Fixed an issue that caused some companions to only mine objects that were very close to them.
  • Fixed a number of issues with the way companions aimed their mining lasers.
  • Addressed a bug that could allow companions to attempt to locate a building while not on a planet.
  • Fixed an issue that could very occasionally cause creatures to use speech options from an incorrect personality type.
  • Fixed a number of creature animation glitches that could occur in multiplayer.
  • Solved an issue that caused missing controller icons to appear when riding a pet using Vive controllers.
  • Fixed a glitch in the sleeping animation for blob-like creatures.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause companion summoning icons to render incorrectly.
  • Addressed an issue that caused inconsistent color formatting in companion speech.
  • Fixed a number of issues with companion particle effects.
  • Fixed a number of issues related to network syncing creature interactions.

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