Poor No Man’s Sky. Has there ever been, in recent history, a game that launched with so much hype to such a hateful reception? Hello Game’s No Man’s Sky threw players into a frenzy for a variety of reasons when it came out in August of 2016. It released with a full $59.99 price point, and players all over gobbled it up in an instant — then promptly spat it out. The main draw for No Man’s Sky was its procedurally-generated galaxy that promised multiplayer action across planet-sized planets with unique biomes and a million and one things to explore.
The problem? Full multiplayer wasn’t actually supported at the start, the worlds were boring, and the gameplay was strangely limiting and dissatisfying. Couple that with the triple-A title price tag and the insane hype train that preceded launch, and you can see why players were a little angry.
Since its release, however, Hello Games has been fighting, tooth and claw, to transform No Man’s Sky into the stellar (forgive the pun) space sim that it was originally intended to be. The ‘Foundation,’ ‘Pathfinder,’ and ‘Atlas Rises‘ updates launched previously have helped to draw the title nearer, but the latest free update is the one that has people talking. Why? Because real multiplayer will finally be viable.
The NEXT update from No Man’s Sky, releasing on July 24, promises the following changes: full multiplayer functionality, a massive visual overhaul, unlimited base building, and the ability to command freighters. Hello Games had this to say following the announcement of the update:
“This is an incredibly important update for us, but it’s also just another step in a longer journey, and we’ll continue to support No Man’s Sky in this way for the foreseeable future. On behalf of myself, and the team at Hello Games I just want to say – Thank you. We are so excited to have made NEXT, and to continue to improve and develop No Man’s Sky, because of you, the community who play, explore and share this universe with us. It means so much to us. We hope you enjoy this and what follows – and we look forward to meeting you out there! Our journey continues.”
Will No Man’s Sky finally be the No Man’s Sky we’ve all been waiting for? Regardless, we should all be pleased that Hello Games is continuing to work on No Man’s Sky the way they are. They haven’t abandoned their project in the slightest, and, in our eyes, redemption truly is just around the river bend.