Hello Games has announced that it will release Beyond, the next major free update for No Man’s Sky, in summer 2019.
In a blogpost, Hello Games’ managing director Sean Murray said: “We know that there is a lot of hunger out there for news and updates on No Man’s Sky. We wanted to share some information from behind the scenes. Our next chapter will be called No Man’s Sky: Beyond, coming Summer 2019. Earlier this year, whilst working on our roadmap of three future updates, we decided we wanted to interweave their features, and had a vision for something much more impactful. We are excited to announce that Beyond will contain those three major updates rolled into one larger free release.”
Murray went into a modicum of detail on one much-anticipated part of Beyond: “The first component of Beyond we are announcing today is No Man’s Sky Online. 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.”
Murray added that the innovative developer will soon provide more detail: “We will talk more about each component when we know we can be precise, and look forward to sharing more in the coming weeks.” So it might be a good idea to keep an eye on the News section of No Man’s Sky’s website.