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Galactic Hub

No Man’s Sky has seen mixed reviews with regards to its gameplay and design but there are some gems that shine through. One such project is the Galactic Hub, a player driven venture. It rejects the standard game goal of journeying towards the centre of the galaxy.



The Galactic Hub is about the players coming together as a community where their aim is to explore in depth a small section of No Man's Sky. The players make discoveries and share them, they leave messages for each other, they come together as a community. Although there is no strict player to player interaction, players are able to leave messages for each other as well as establish comstations for others to find. It is one of the oldest and largest civilisations that has been created in the game. Members of the community call themselves 'Interlopers', adopted from the well known Vy'keen phrase.

The main website and discussion forum for the Galactic Hub can be found on Reddit.

History

The Galactic Hub came about when players joined together to create a settlement that would act as a staging point for players that were venturing onward to other planets. The project had been announced in October 2016 but it really began to take off when Hello Games tweeted about it in the following January. The project members began to settle a region of space in the Euclid Galaxy.

The exploration and cataloguing of the project yielded substantial results. The entirety of the Rentocniijik Expanse was mapped, the region of space containing over 60 systems and 200 moons. Interlopers also discovered the Caesarus which remains to date; the largest recorded creature in the game.

Unfortunately, Update 1.3 forced the entire civilisation to be relocated to the Shungka Void. Also known as Atlas Rising, the update made changes to graphics, ship handling, portals, and the biomes of planets. This meant that many planets changed overnight. Post-update, the Hub was unrecognisable to those that had worked so hard on it.

A Galactic Council was formed, consisting of a core of 17 long standing members, and the decision was made to migrate. The Shungka Void was chosen on account of its superficial resemblance to the Rentocnii Conflux. The Council had looked for a tree-shaped galaxy, as it was one the playerbase was most familiar with. The Shungka Void was scouted while the Council prepared maps and other databases for the great move. Over the course of a week all of the logistical preparations were made, the Council completing their work a full six days before schedule

The new Hub is still in a state of flux but members view it as a Renaissance. The Hub has begun to develop its different regions along thematic lines, hoping to attract players with similar playstyles to each region. The idea is that the Hub's culture will develop and each region will have a specific identity.

Community Features

The universe of No Man's Sky is by its very nature a lonely one. Players will occasionally cross paths but it is a uncommon occurrence. The Galactic Hub focuses on documenting and sharing discoveries. One such example of this is the Science Corps, an association of players interested in researching 'Hub Science', the particular aspects of the game which aren't as quickly visible as the search for diplos.

The strength of the Hub is in its use of teamwork and synergy, pulling together the different strengths of its individual members. The Old Hub featured detailed maps of the different regions. A recruitment campaign was mounted with tourism posters. A major factor in its success was the pathfinding tool that players created. This application allowed them to drop their coordinates and thus find a route to the Hub or other destinations of their choice.

Videos

Intro to the Hub

How to get to the Hub

What is the Hub?