No Man’s Sky is finally getting multiplayer by way of ‘joint exploration’

Remember all the fuss a year ago when No Man’s Sky finally launched and the multiplayer features Hello Games’ Sean Murray had teased (and the “online play” feature apparently hidden under a sticker on the gamebox) didn’t actually materialize, disappointing millions of players and contributing to a regulation investigation? We sure do, as it was really the only reason we covered the game at all.

Good news, though: It looks as if we’re getting what we paid for after all, just, you know, a year later. When the NMS update Atlas Rises launches, it brings with it “joint exploration,” a feature that sure sounds lot like co-op multiplayer, though Hello isn’t using that exact term.

“Glitches in the simulation have begun to appear. Visualised by strange floating orbs, up to 16 players can see and communicate with one another, and explore the universe together. While interaction with others is currently very limited, this is an important first step into the world of synchronous co-op in No Man’s Sky. While interaction is very limited, VOIP (Voice over IP) allows proximity based voice chat with other nearby explorers. Use portals to quickly travel to more populated planets, or to meet up with friends.”

There’s plenty more in the update, of course, but this is the bit that got our eyebrows waggling. If you owned it before, are you plugging back in for this?

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Malcolm Swoboda

With the added story content, I’ll be getting this game sometime. Probably at a time when its 50%-75% off, but if I like it, I’d be open to DLC after they deliver on their initial message (imo they seem 3/4 there, finally).

Basically, I might become a No Man’s Sky fan next year. Next year.

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Pralix

I bought it at full price, played it and liked it. Okay, so I didn’t get what was promised at launch, oh well. No interest in multiplayer might have something to do with that.

Disappointed, yes. Angry, a little. I got over it. I didn’t go demanding a refund and made do with what I got. Im’ just glad they didn’t just take the money and run and that they aren’t now charging DLC prices for these updates. Fanboi? Hardly. I have yet to play it since before the first update but I’m getting ready to get back into it.
From what I’ve seen so far watching streams, I expect to have fun with it.

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nobleeinherjar

I was ultimately disappointed with NMS, but it did wow and awe me for a good 25 hours or so. I wouldn’t have paid full price for it if I had known, but I have to admit I loved it for a time. I doubt NMS can ever really live up to what was promised, but I’m going to forgo being cynical and jaded (as is the norm for me) and just be happy that the team is improving the game and that those that truly love NMS are getting more to love about it.

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Estranged

Good for them. Being forced to launch a year early stinks.

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Mr Poolaty

Did hello games never repurchase a dictionary after their flood? For geezus fuck sakes this isn’t multiplayer it’s not even co-op. They need some gd help with what game terms actually mean!!

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DeadlyAccurate

When it says multiplayer, does that mean if I and my husband bought the game, we’d be able to see each other? I’m thinking about it after this patch, but I’m not interested if I can’t group up with him and play together.

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koolthulu

From what I’ve read, other players appear as floating orbs. You can voice chat, but that is about it. It’s basically like being in a Discord chat while each person plays their own instance of the game. I guess it’s a start, but calling it multiplayer is a huge stretch.

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DeadlyAccurate

Hmm, not sure that’s good enough yet for me. Thanks for the info.

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voydd

Yey! It will officially be OK to talk about this game on massivelyop! ;p

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mysecretid

Will the late addition of multiplayer now be enough to win back the trust of people who felt deceived by the pre-release hype? That’s the question that hangs over all of this, I suspect.

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Hirku

I never cared about multiplayer myself. The only question hanging over me is does the exploration in this exploration game still suck or not?

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thickenergy

I doubt it. Gamers have a Shakespearean ability to nurse a grudge.

/holdtorch

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Greaterdivinity

So they’re finally delivering that feature they promised for launch last year, eh?

Snark aside, I’m glad they’re still supporting the game a year after launch and all the controversy and backlash. Good on them for not just trying to move on as quickly as possible, I know that was probably an attractive option for some of them.

Estranged
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Estranged

He was devastated about the whole deal and dug his heels to make it right. Shows great character after being forced to launch prematurely.

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Greaterdivinity

…what? Who forced them to launch “prematurely”?

Also, apparently the “multiplayer” is a ghost of any proper form of multiplayer, no interactivity or anything. Still good on them for continuing to support the game, but this is definitely a less hype update than I thought.

Estranged
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Estranged

Sony took over and forced it, isn’t that sorta transparent?

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Greaterdivinity

No, not in the slightest. Sony pimped them out through a serious co-marketing partnership, but Sony did not publish the game and consequently had no say in when it was released.

Just like we’re seeing with Cuphead and Microsoft. Microsoft is giving Cuphead mad love the same way Sony gave No Man’s Sky mad love (paying for both their late night show spots etc.), but in both instances the platform holder does not control the game/release date.

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Tobasco da Gama

It’s only been a year from launch, and half the stuff they promised might actually be in the game finally!

I mean, I’m glad they’re doing this rather than just abandoning the game, but it’s hard not to be cynical about it.

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kgptzac

They can spend rest of their lives to implement stuff they promised pre-launch, and it still would not change the fact that they committed deceptive marketing. It’s still worth to remember, and I won’t be giving them a cent, because if I do, I’d be legitimizing their actions and any other developer/publishers wanting to do the same.

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justiceburrito

Bought the game a few months ago at 50% off. At that price it was worth it for me. But I didn’t go in expecting multiplayer anything. And make no mistake – it’s still not there. As long as you go in expecting a single-player survival game then you might enjoy NMS. I certainly have as my 130+ hours in game can attest.
Whatever mis-steps the developer made pre-launch they’ve been working diligently to improve the game since then.

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capt_north

I don’t anticipate making use of multiplayer, but I think it’s a good addition for people who’ve already been working collaboratively on cataloguing and colonizing particular regions of space.

I’ll be logging on and patching the moment I get home from work.

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ceder

It looks as if we’re getting what we paid for after all

No, this is the work around after the fact/scam.

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Blippedy Blop

Too little, too late. What will the ‘multiplayer’ even entail? If you’re lucky, you may see the same generic blocky character. Expect customisation to be added as a ‘special feature’ a year on from now, if this is still around.

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Hirku

They deserved the reaming they got, but they also deserve credit for continuing to try and improve the game. I’m very stubborn about getting my money’s worth, so I’ll probably give 1.3 a try.

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Schmidt.Capela

Of note, the game is currently 60% off on GOG.

(As for myself, I’m waiting for it to be at least 75% off; that is the limit of how much I think the game is worth for me.)

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ceder

Honestly, its not even worth 10 bucks imo. Wait til at least that point.

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Don Nascimento

That’s the most ridiculous sentence Ive seen on the internet in years, and thats saying something.

Was the game over-hyped? Yes. Did the game leave out some features that were not there at release? Yes. But to say it’s not worth $10? You can get hundreds of hours out of this, build your own base, explore limitless planets. I just don’t understand.

I think No Mans Sky has become a punching bag, a “low hanging fruit”, and it is so easy and trendy to make fun of it.

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Estranged

Don, you are right. The abuse was terrible.

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kgptzac

@Don

You see, when people are boycotting a business, there usually is a larger context than the business is selling shitty products (more often the products aren’t shitty at all).

It’s not a low hanging fruit. To me, this game is an exception because even its value:price ratio exceeds the “good” threshold, I won’t be buying it because doing so is to support Sean Murry’s deceptive marketing and unethical hyping, and any future persons inspired to pull the act as he did.

No Man’s Sky became a punching bag, a running joke, and an infamy, purely from its own undoing. You should not forget, or forgive, unless you want more future games to be like it.

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Paul

The Angry Internet Men will never forget ;P

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Paul

Thanks for the pointer – I’ve been watching the updates go in and wondering when to try it, this might be the time and for 15 quid it looks like decent value (was never going to pay full price on steam)

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Roger Melly

Yeah I think it would have to be under a tenner for me to even consider it . I would probably give it a try if it was on the Humble Bundle monthly bundle .

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julllllll

“Joint exploration”, what a great MMO…

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Utakata

It sounds like a pot bar crawl in Amsterdam though. O.o

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BalsBigBrother

I keep occasionally poking this game. I find it fun enough in short bursts and it is a good way to just chill out. New things are always good and while I don’t see anything that is going to make me play right away it is nice to know there are new things when I do get round to it.

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agemyth 😩

That looks like a pretty great update ;o I wonder if the 1.2 and this 1.3 update would make the game fresh again to me after burning out on the 1.1 patch.

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Makhiel

Good thing, I guess? I still play the game and a lack of multiplayer was never an issue for me. I’ve yet to found a star system someone else visited before me anyway.

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