No Man’s Sky confirms Mass Effect crossover, adds iconic Normandy SR-1 to fleet

We at Ars Technica love crossover events in every pop-culture format, but they’re arguably the best in video games, since they let fans settle playground arguments regarding which superhero or mascot could win in a fight. Still, that affection doesn’t mean Ars must keep up with every single “dream” announcement about third-party characters in games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Soulcalibur VI, Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat 11, Samurai Shodown, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, and so on. We love them! Bring them on! But most IP crossovers don’t warrant a headline. (Sorry, John “two games in one year” Rambo.)

In today’s case, I’ve made an exception.

The latest update to No Man’s Sky, which goes live sometime today, unlocks a very familiar spaceship inside NMS‘s nearly infinite universe: the SSV Normandy SR-1, lifted from the first Mass Effect game. Yes, that’s the SR-1, not the eventual SR-2. (Tali would approve.) While Normandy doesn’t come with a handy Mako for players to drop onto Hello Games’ 18 quintillion planets, it does include an incredible S rating (seen in the above gallery). As far as No Man’s Sky frigates go, the SR-1 is SR-number-one.