In late 2019, No Man’s Sky developer Hello Games added a full-blown synthesizer to the ever-expanding space game, allowing fans to create their own melodies. And in 2020, explorers who are a part of the fan-run Galactic Hub group have come together to build in-game colonies where the dance party never stops, courtesy of that musical update.
Internally, fans refer to these colonies as the “Dual Rave Planets,” because they are meant to complement one another, color-wise. Both are bioluminescent worlds that exist on the same planetary system, with one taking on more of a red hue, and the other more tinted toward blue. Hub founder Galactic Geographic tells Polygon that the two planets are some of the “more complex” creations in the collective, because participants are required to use strobes, electric displays, and the synthesizer to make music. Unlike most settlements, the dual rave planets require folks to master a new skill.
“I used to be a raver in high school so I thought it’d be fun to celebrate the whole PLUR culture and that bioluminescent planets would be the perfect spot to do so,” he said, referencing the “peace, love, unity, and respect” guidelines that the raving scene has adopted to maintain a more harmonious community. “It’s a good message too,” he added.
The red planet, Electric Diplo Carnival, is a lush world full of giant neon mushrooms. The name is a reference to Electric Daisy Carnival, which is the largest electronic dance festival in North America — but Galactic Geographic notes that the planet doesn’t actually house the extremely rare Diplo dinosaur.
The blue planet, meanwhile, is Lepios. Here, ravers can spot an endless stream of meteor showers overhead as they dance under the stars. After all, No Man’s Sky also gives players dancing emotes — which fans take advantage of while visiting.
While some are content building musical stages or some form of pixel art, others, like Reddit user luckyremina, have paired their musical inventions with small-scale games. In the video below, you’ll see that the player can shoot orbs into a floating target while lights flash and the tunes flow.
Construction began in early fall, and now the settlements — which can hold up to thirty bases max — are completed and ready for viewing. The game, meanwhile, has received a handful of new updates this year, with the last one adding millions of new planets, diversity in the flora and fauna, and even sandworms. No Man’s Sky is also now available for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, complete with a bevy of graphical updates.