Hello Games has announced that it's working a free expansion for No Man's Sky that will give it a significant multiplayer overhaul.
Writing in a post on the Sony Blog, Hello Games' founder Sean Murray reveals that No Man's Sky BEYOND will be made up of three major updates. The first is No Man's Sky ONLINE "a radical new social and multiplayer experience which empowers players everywhere in the universe to meet and play together."
Along with the announcement was an extremely brief teaser trailer:
This sounds a lot like the sort of gameplay that a lot of people were expecting at launch. No Man's Sky NEXT, the last major update for the the game, brought in full-featured co-op but you wouldn't run into strangers in the same way. However, Murray is keen to stress that "we don't consider No Man's Sky to be an MMO". He also clarified that this means "it won't require a subscription, won't contain microtransactions, and will be free for all existing players".
Beyond that, details are sparse. Murray says that he will "talk more about each component when we know we can be precise" but says that more info will be coming in "weeks", not months.
No Man's Sky has radically changed since it launched in August 2016. At the time, a lot of players were disappointed with how the game measured up against their expectations. But, the years of free post-launch support suggests it's been a big success for the relatively small Guildford-based studio.
In a press release sent alongside the announcement, it's made clear that the multiplayer updates coming in No Man's Sky ONLINE are only one component of BEYOND. What else do you think should be added to No Man's Sky? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.
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