At long last, No Man’s Sky is becoming the game it was meant to be to begin with.
There is one thing I will give developers Hello Games full credit for- how tirelessly they have been working on No Man’s Sky since its original release back in 2016. That release, as I am sure you remember, was a bit of a mess, with promised features (most notably multiplayer) missing entirely from the game.
Since then, Hello Games has updated the game to improve the core gameplay loop, add new features and functionality, and overhaul its very foundation. Now, with the upcoming “NEXT” update for the game, which is planned for next week (get it?), they come the closest they have been to meeting the promise of the game as it was originally pitched.
This new update adds, among other things, a third person point of view, full multiplayer with friends and random players, including co-op and the ability to take on other players, as well as substantially improved graphics. New terrain types have also been added, as has the ability to make a base anywhere– basically, what was promised years ago all finally seems to be in this game. You can take a look at the full notes for the update below, while we’ve also embedded a trailer for the update if you want to take a look at it.
It’s worth noting that Hello Games is a small studio, and No Man’s Sky‘s sales can’t have been too good after the initial (at the time deserved) backlash. Them continuing to turn the game around for so long after its launch, and offering all these updates for free, should be commended (though an argument is to be made that they are only now delivering the product they originally promised to begin with).
No Man’s Sky‘s “NEXT” update launches on PS4 and PC next week. The Xbox One version, which also launches next week, will have the update applied to it from launch.
New Multiplayer Mode:
Extensive Visual Overhaul:
Unlimited Base Building: