Learn how to grow Settlements in the No Man’s Sky Frontiers update by becoming an Overseer for the settlers in peril. Settlements are a new addition to No Man’s Sky, offering players the ability to protect, grow, and make decisions for a community of aliens. Unlike the Overseer that can be hired for their own base, player Overseers have a bit more control and influence with what is going on in their Settlement.
Becoming an Overseer is a quick process. Fly into space and an emergency broadcast will be transmitted to the ship. Open it, and a new location for the Settlement will be marked in the Galaxy Map. After the Settlement has been reached talk to the settler that sent out the broadcast and defend the Settlement from Sentinels. The Settlement Hub will allow an application to be submitted and accepted to become an Overseer afterward.
The decisions that the Overseer has to make directly impact the growth of the Settlement. An early choice that has to be made, for example, is whether or not to construct a Saloon or Marketplace. The Saloon will increase the happiness meter of the settlers, while the Marketplace will increase revenue. The Settlement has a cost to maintain and revenue production section that will ultimately determine whether or not the Settlement is in debt. It will already start in dept, so the next few decisions after becoming Overseer are critical for bailing out the Settlement.
Unfortunately, there is no way to use the player’s money to bail out the Settlement, even if the debt is affordable. The Settlers will come to the Overseer with disputes and Expedition requests, and the outcome of both will directly impact the Settlement’s happiness level and productivity. For example, an atmosphere of distrust amongst settlers can negatively impact the happiness meter, while successful expeditions could lead to new discoveries that increase the Settlement’s revenue.
Additionally, new visitors will appear and offer their expertise or businesses for the Settlement. Their cost management and benefits will be listed before approving them. These visitors could bring anything to the No Man’s Sky Settlement, for example, they could be selling a jam or they could be a professional biologist. The settlers will also come up with proposals for a new building that can be approved, and the Overseer will have to make a choice between the two options. These options will show the approval rating and productivity increase for the Settlement, indicating which options should be approved in order to best grow the Settlement.
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