All four expeditions will re-run over the Christmas period.
One ᴏꜰ 2021's ʙɪɢ tʜᴇᴍᴇs ꜰᴏʀ No Mᴀɴ's Sky hᴀs ʙᴇen expedɪᴛiᴏɴs, wɪᴛh ʜɪɢʜʟɪɢʜᴛs ɪɴcludɪɴg a Mᴀss Effect ᴄʀᴏssᴏᴠᴇʀ thᴀᴛ sᴀᴡ tʜᴇ Nᴏʀmᴀɴdy ᴍᴀᴋᴇ ᴀɴ ᴀᴘᴘᴇᴀʀᴀɴce. Tʜᴇse ᴇᴠᴇɴts, ʜᴏᴡᴇᴠᴇʀ, ʀᴜɴ ꜰᴏʀ a limɪᴛed tiᴍᴇ, ᴀɴd a ᴘʀᴇss releᴀse ꜰʀᴏᴍ Hello Gaᴍᴇs acᴋɴᴏᴡlᴇᴅɢᴇs thᴀᴛ "tʜɪs ᴠᴇʀʏ ʙᴜsʏ yᴇᴀʀ, ᴀɴd tʜᴇ limɪᴛed-tiᴍᴇ nᴀᴛure ᴏꜰ tʜᴇ expedɪᴛiᴏɴs, hᴀs ᴍᴇᴀɴt thᴀᴛ ɪᴛ hᴀs ʙᴇen ᴅɪꜰꜰɪᴄᴜʟᴛ ꜰᴏʀ sᴏᴍᴇ ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ ᴛᴏ pᴀʀᴛicipᴀᴛe ɪɴ tʜᴇm."
Thus they're all coming back over the festive period, and yes that includes Mass Effect: "We’ve even managed to bring back the Normandy as a reward for those who missed out, which I know so many have asked for."Black Friday deals: see all the best early offers right here.
The expeditions return on 24 November and will roll out in the order they were released in. The schedule is:Expedition 1 (Pioneers): 24th November - 7th DecemberExpedition 2 (Beachhead/Normandy): 8th December - 21st DecemberExpedition 3 (Cartographers): 22nd December - 4th JanuaryExpedition 4 (Emergence): 5th January - 9th January
"This marks the end of 2021 which has been another busy year for our small team, as we celebrated No Man’s Sky’s 5th anniversary with 4 major updates" reads the release. "This now takes us to 17 large releases, as well as countless smaller updates, community requests, and hotfixes: a huge amount of work for such a small team. We are very proud to have been on this adventure with you, and humbled that we are able to continue taking No Man’s Sky to new and exciting places."
I haven't played all of these but did dip back into No Man's Sky for the most recent expedition, Emergence, and all I can say is it satisfied my urge to see lots of giant sandworms.
It's been a hell of a year, once more, for No Man's Sky. After one of the most difficult launches in history Hello Games has created something players love and it can be truly proud of (it even finally reached 'positive' Steam review status this year!). And, of course, next year there will be more to come: "Already work has started on some exciting plans for 2022 and there are no signs of us slowing."