Hello Games unveils two strands of No Man’s Sky Beyond update

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Hello Games has provided some insight into Beyond, the major update coming to No Man’s Sky this summer.

Hello Games founder Sean Murray described Beyond on the developer’s website thus: “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 continued: “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.”

No Man’s Sky also featured heavily in Sony’s first State of Play stream, in which the publisher revealed that the Beyond update would also see No Man’s Sky take advantage of PlayStation VR for the first time.

In a post on the PlayStation blog, Sean Murray described how Hello Games’ PlayStation VR implementation of No Man’s Sky Beyond will work: “Today we’re thrilled to announce the next major component of Beyond: No Man’s Sky VR. As creators of No Man’s Sky, we are in love with everything sci-fi. Virtual reality feels like a science fiction become real, and has always seemed like a perfect fit for this futuristic game of ours. It’s completely unique to land on a world that no-one has ever seen before and to really feel as if you’re there. The team has worked so hard to make this a true VR experience rather than a port.

“No Man’s Sky VR is not a separate mode, but the entire game brought to life in virtual reality. Anything possible in No Man’s Sky, NEXT or any other update is ready and waiting as an immersive and enriched VR experience. No Man’s Sky VR, like all the parts of Beyond, will be free to existing players. However, we’re excited to announce that the release of Beyond will see an exclusive retail release of the game on PS4. This physical edition will come with the base game, VR support, and every update so far, including Beyond.”

So far, Hello Games hasn’t given No Man’s Sky Beyond a firm release date, saying merely that it will come out in “Summer 2019”. And Murray hinted that there is another reveal to come; having described Beyond as: “Three major updates rolled into one,” the developer has so far revealed two elements in the form of No Man’s Sky Online and No Man’s Sky VR. So you might do well to keep an eye on the game’s website in search of further revelations.