Screenshot from No Man's Sky: Next's Trailer

No Man’s Sky Is Finally Getting Multiplayer

Sean Murray has confirmed in a blog post that the update will add multiplayer, a graphics overhaul, command-able fleets and improvements to base building.

Earlier this morning, A trailer came out for No Man’s Sky’s next update, called “Next” on PlayStation Europe’s Youtube channel. It showcased what appeared to be a brand new third person perspective, some lovely visuals, but also some other shiny new player models running around. This trailer was followed by a blog post from developer Hello Games’ founder Sean Murray.

In it he announced that “Next” will be released as a free update for those who own the game on any of it’s available platforms, and listed some of the new features that the update will add. First up, and most prominently showed in the trailer, Multiplayer will be at last coming to No Man’s Sky. You’ll be able to customize your appearance, race, build, explore and fight alongside friends in dogfights or “prey on others to survive”

The “visual overhaul” will allow players to use a third person view for the entire game, including when you are flying your ship. It will also add “planetary rings and other space visuals”, as well as “improved planetary terrain generation, ground textures, water and clouds”.

The game’s already existing base building will be given some new additions too, as “Hundreds of new base parts” will be added, the max base size will be “Dramatically increased” and can be placed anywhere on a planet. You will also be able to have multiple bases now.

On top of all this, they are also adding in new command-able fleets, which can be sent “out into the universe, or deploy them to help you as you explore a specific system”. There will also be improved customization for your freighters, on which you can allow friends on board as part of the new multiplayer.

In the end of the blog post, Murray said “Nearly two years ago our small team of friends, with a shared love sci-fi, opened up the universe of No Man’s Sky for the first time. It was an innovative, weird and at times lonely game. I loved that, it reminded me of the science fiction books I grew up with…we’ll continue to support No Man’s Sky in this way for the foreseeable future. We hope you enjoy this and what follows – and we look forward to meeting you out there! Our journey continues.”

In short, with combination with the “Foundation”, “Pathfinder” and “Atlas Rising” updates, No Man’s Sky looks like it is finally reaching the quality and quantity we were all hyped for.

What do you think of the new update? Are you gonna give No Man’s Sky another (or first) go? Join the discussion below.

Image source: No Man’s Sky: Next’s Trailer.

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