Hello Games’ procedurally generated space explorer No Man’s Sky is about to get a huge update, adding several much-requested features including unlimited base building, improved visuals and, most importantly, Multiplayer.
No Man’s Sky NEXT launches on July 24th and looks to be a complete overhaul of the game experience, bringing fundamental changes across the board. You will be able to team up with friends or strangers online, build shelters and colonies together, get into spaceship dogfights, and even build race tracks and trails on alien terrains which can be shared with other players.
Interestingly, Hello Games’ statement on the update also says that you will be able to ‘help friends stay alive, or prey on others to survive.’ How exactly this will take form is unclear. Will you have to actively search for other players in multiplayer lobbies? Or will you organically encounter players in a similar way to Destiny?
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Next there is the visual upgrade. No Man’s Sky’s alien worlds have been given a fresh coat of paint, with improved planetary terrain generation, ground textures, water and clouds. The update also adds the ability to explore the game’s many worlds in third-person, adding a greater incentive to customise your player character. Space environments and NPCs will also benefit from visual improvements. Oh, and some planets now have rings, if you’re into that kind of thing.
NEXT will also bring more things to do, drastically expanding the games’ base-building mechanics with the ability to build bases anywhere, on any planet. Bases can now be bigger and more complex, with hundreds of new building pieces coming with the update.