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No Man's Sky NEXT update: Multiplayer and hundreds of new features revealed

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Almost two years after No Man's Sky released on PC and PlayStation 4 and we will finally get the game Sean Murray and Hello Games promised. In May we reported that during an Inside Xbox stream, Murray confirmed that co-op multiplayer would come to No Man's Sky, and now we get to see the official reveal trailer.

"Launching on July 24th is our biggest update so far, No Man's Sky NEXT, bringing a full multiplayer experience to No Man's Sky for the first time," announces Hello Games. "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."

No Man's Sky received a lot of flack from fans and critics, and rightly so as the game grossly over-promised and under delivered when it released in August 2016. It had such an impact on the games industry that for many it was the tipping point when it came to pre-ordering games. That being said, we also have to credit Murray and the Hello Games team for taking all that negative feedback, and gradually working through it to finally get to the point where they are now.

To date, No Man's Sky has received three major updates; The Foundation Update that added a base building mode, the Path Finder Update that turned the game into the most beautiful thing, and the Atlus Rises Update that added joint exploration and an overhaul to the central storyline.

The NEXT Update brings the full multiplayer experiences we've been waiting for. The update will be free for all existing No Man's Sky players.

Hello Games also confirmed again that No Man's Sky will release on the Xbox One on July 24 (July 27 in Europe) and it will be playable in 4K and HDR on the Xbox One X. The Xbox One version will also release with all four updates on day one. Even though No Man's Sky is releasing on the Xbox One in less then ten days, and is listed on the Xbox Store, there is no pricing yet for South African customers.


New Multiplayer Mode:

  • Team up with a small group of friends to explore the universe together, or joined with random travellers online
  • Help friends stay alive, or prey on others to survive
  • Build shelter or complex colonies together to share with your team
  • Fight as a pirate or a wingman in epic space battles with friends and enemies 
  • Race exocraft across weird alien terrains, creating race tracks and trails to share online

Extensive Visual Overhaul:

  • Play in third or first person, both on-foot and in ship
  • Gaze on planetary rings and improved space visuals that make space more beautiful than ever
  • Explore dramatically improved planetary terrain generation, ground textures, water and clouds that bring the environment to life
  • Enjoy significantly more detail added to ships, NPCs and buildings

Unlimited Base Building:

  • Build bases anywhere on any planet, with hundreds of new base parts added to the game
  • Create bigger and better bases than ever before, with dramatically increased base building complexity and size limits
  • Architect and own multiple bases

Command Freighters:

  • Assemble and upgrade a fleet of frigates and command them from the bridge of your freighter
  • Send your fleet out to into the universe or deploy them to help you as you explore a specific system
  • Build a truly custom capital ship with improved freighter base building
  • Invite your friends aboard and take on challenging multiplayer missions from the Galactic Commision Station on your bridge

Will you return to No Man's Sky for the NEXT update?

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"No Man's Sky NEXT, bringing a full multiplayer experience to No Man's Sky for the first time"

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