No Man’s Sky’s Expeditions are the absolute best thing in the game. At least to me. I love the sense of community that each one brings. Suddenly there are worlds that feel like they’re filled with other players, with bases popping up everywhere. It’s a great way to play, and even once the Expedition is over, you can continue that save and still feel connected to everyone else because of the fact that all those bases are around the Expedition path. Sadly, the Expeditions are too far apart from each other. With that in mind, even though we’ve only had two, I’m trying to figure out when No Man’s Sky Expedition #3 will release.
The Expeditions Update for No Man’s Sky dropped on March 31. With it came the first Expedition, Pioneers. That lasted for two weeks and then ended. After that, roughly one month later on May 17, Expedition 2 Beachhead launched. That lasted for two weeks and ended on May 31. So, based on this data, I would expect Expedition 3 to launch on June 30 and last for two weeks. This would follow the pattern that we’ve seen so far. It also gives Hello Games plenty of time between Expeditions to set up new milestones and make some patches for issues that were discovered in the last one.
The thing about these Expeditions is that they’re effectively seasons in No Man’s Sky. Each update gives players a reason to return, but they don’t add anything time-sensitive to complete. That’s why Expeditions are great. You’ve got patches to earn, an ultimate reward at the end of Phase Five, and a community begging for content. Personally, I think the game would benefit from having an Expedition on at all times, but that would be a bit crazy.
To summarize, it looks like we’ll be waiting until the end of the month before we get a new Expedition. The only caveat I have is that this week is E3. There’s so much going on that it might make sense for Hello Games to simply drop an Expedition and get players into the game again. However, there will also be a post-E3 lull at the end of the month, the perfect time for an Expedition to capture those looking to play something fresh. We’ll just have to wait and see.