No Man’s Sky is finally going multiplayer, via an update which will arrive on July 24.
That update will also trigger an official name-change to No Man’s Sky Next, plus it will simultaneously bring the innovative space-exploration game (currently on PlayStation 4 and PC) to the Xbox One. In a recent blogpost, developer Hello Games’ managing director Sean Murray said: “We called our upcoming update “Next”, because it’s an important next step on a longer journey for us and the community. It will be our biggest update so far, and something we’ve been working ridiculously hard on. This will be free to existing players, and we’ll continue to support No Man’s Sky in this way for the foreseeable future.”
Murray has now set a July 24 date for No Man’s Sky Next via a tweet, in which he offered a basic explanation of what the multiplayer element will bring to the game: “A free update for PS4, PC, and launch on Xbox. Explore together, meet random travellers, build shared bases, dog-fight, race vehicles.”
Previously, although No Man’s Sky’s players had the biggest procedurally generated universe ever seen in a game to explore, they could not see or interact with each other in the game even if they visited the same planet simultaneously. Speaking on Inside Xbox (see above), he said No Man’s Sky Next will be a: “Really different experience” compared to the game as it currently stands, adding: “It’s a kind of game that myself and a lot of other people have always wanted to play in a multiplayer world, and I’m just really excited to be able to do that.”