Astroneer's Xenobiology update now available

By Heidi Nicholas,
The Xenobiology update is now available for Astroneer, letting you hang out with "space snails" as your new permanent companions.

The update arrived for all platforms alongside Astroneer's launch on Nintendo Switch, and you can grab a glimpse of the space snails at the end of the Switch launch trailer above. "The Xenobiology Update introduces a new adventure where players embark on a narrative-focused mission all across the solar system to discover the secrets behind the curious Galastropods," the devs explain. The Galastropods apparently love treats — if you feed them, they'll reward you with a "unique benefit." Picking their favourite food will increase the time the benefit is active. The update's story has you hunting for Galastropods to "investigate the mystery behind their appearance," while new missions have also been added to the early game to "launch players on a journey of snail discovery across the solar system!"

Astroneer is also gearing up for its third anniversary, which will take place in February. To celebrate, players will be able to get a free cosmetic — the devs haven't said what it is yet, but we'll keep an eye out. In the meantime, the Xenobiology update is available now. Have you been hunting for space snails? Let us know in the comments!
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Heidi graduated with an MA in English Literature, and now enjoys writing news, reviews, and features across TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies. When she’s not writing, Heidi is usually either looking for her next RPG, or trying to convince the rest of the team to hear about yet another delightfully wholesome game she has found.