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No Man's Sky 'Beyond' overhauls multiplayer and social features

Updated March 28, 2019: No Man's Sky is getting virtual reality support with this update and another unannounced feature.

No Man's Sky is a science fiction adventure set across an infinite universe, in which every star is the light of a distant sun, each orbited by planets filled with life, and you can go to any of them you choose. In this procedurally-generated universe, you'll discover places and creatures that no other player has seen before. However, a mystery lies at the center of the galaxy, an irresistible pulse that draws you on a voyage to discover the true nature of the universe.

Last year, Hello Games released No Man's Sky on Xbox One alongside the "Next" update. It overhauled a number of elements in the game and made it a stellar experience. Additionally updates like "Abyss" added meaningful underwater exploration. However, the upcoming "Beyond" update may be the biggest because it contains three major additions, one of which was revealed today. Multiplayer is being expanded in a major way, and may even rival a massively multiplayer online game. You can read important excerpts from the announcement from below.

Our next chapter will be called No Man's Sky: Beyond, coming Summer 2019. Each chapter for No Man's Sky has been more successful than the last... It went on to bring enjoyment to millions of new players, and it helped to change the legacy of this game we care so much about... 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... it won't require a subscription, won't contain microtransactions, and will be free for all existing players... We will talk more about each component when we know we can be precise, and look forward to sharing more in the coming weeks. Beyond will be our most ambitious chapter so far, and something we've been working ridiculously hard on.

It'll be interesting to see how multiplayer is overhauled. I personally want to interact with dozens of players at any given time. So far, I haven't come across another player in my corner of the galaxy.

Are you excited for Beyond? Let us know. Do you still play the game on Xbox One or other platforms?

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

5 Comments
  • For all the criticism No Man's Sky got, they managed to support this game for almost three years without the need to add microtransactions, paid DLC, lootbox...
    This is a slap on the face of all those company "fans" who claim that we need to microtransactions so that a company keeps making content for a full price game.
  • I think everyone knows as this point that microtransactions are essentially corporate greed unless it’s a free-to-play game with only cosmetic microtransactions.
  • @Asher
    I wish this was true but it's sadly not the case. Did you read the comment section recently in an Anthem topic about microtransactions?
    Anyway, we'll talk more about this when the next Halo comes around...
  • To be fair, it could have been damage control. We don't know if this game might have incorporated MT if its initial PS launch wasn't so disappointing.
  • @Sin
    It could but they have said that it wouldn't from the beginning. Maybe they stayed so long with it because of the backlash but I think they always wanted to have free updates as the game went on. I don't think they ever talked about implementing paid lootbox or microtransactions...