Hello Games has announced the next major update for No Man’s Sky. It’s called No Man’s Sky Beyond, and it will bring with it a “radical new multiplayer and social experience”.
No Man’s Sky: Beyond is currently slated for a release in Summer 2019, and it will be a combination of three different updates that Hello Games were intending on adding to the game separately. Instead, they have opted to bunch the updates together and release them as one full package to deliver “something much more impactful”.
Hello Games has promised to give us more details on all three of these components in the coming weeks, but they did reveal that the first component is No Man’s Sky Online, which will radically change the way that multiplayer works in the game. Speaking about No Man’s Sky Online, Hello Games said:
“No Man’s Sky Online includes a radical new social and multiplayer experience which empowers players everywhere in the universe to meet and play together. Whilst this brings people together like never before, and has many recognisable online elements, we don’t consider No Man’s Sky to be an MMO – it won’t require a subscription, won’t contain microtransactions, and will be free for all existing players.
These changes are an answer to how we have seen people playing since the release of NEXT, and is something we’ve dreamed of for a long time.”
It sounds exciting, but we’ll have to wait and see if it lives up to the hype once it’s delivered. After all, No Man’s Sky has stung us in this respect before. That being said, the games NEXT update did vastly improve things and completely revamped the game, so if this update can build on that foundation then No Man’s Sky could have a very bright future.
To celebrate the announcement of No Man’s Sky: Beyond, Hello Games released a teaser trailer for the update that is so brief that it may as well not exist. That said, here it is anyway:
No Man’s Sky: Beyond will release as a free update for all players on all platforms in Summer 2019.