Hello Games is back with yet another impressive update for No Man's Sky, which this time around adds companions to the space explorer. The free update will be available to download today on both PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4, and also includes some small improvements under the hood for last-gen users. Check out the trailer embedded above for an introduction to the Companions update.

Over on Twitter, Sean Murray shared further details. You'll be able to adopt the wildlife you come across as pets, raise their babies, and then breed them with other creatures. You can trade eggs, customise your companion, and even train them to complete chores. Plus you can, of course, talk to them. Outside of interacting with your new best friend, the user-interface is said to have been improved, PS4 players will be treated to faster load times, and fauna has also undergone some enhancements. Finally, you can also ride giant creatures. Because who doesn't want to do that?

This update follows in the footsteps of numerous other patches that have worked to improve No Man's Sky in the past few years, which has culminated in a great PS5 version. In our 7/10 review, we concluded: "No Man's Sky has made enormous leaps forward, and its arrival on PS5 is an opportune time to revisit this ambitious survival game." The game also just went on sale for £19.99/$29.99 as part of the PS Store Double Discounts sale, so there's never been a better time to jump in and give it a proper go.

[source youtube.com]