No Man’s Sky is really truly getting ‘full’ multiplayer in July

MMO players have nice long memories, so I’m sure you’ll recall that way back in 2016, No Man’s Sky ticked everyone off and even was investigated for deceptive marketing practices, including suggestions of multiplayer that didn’t materialize at launch, though subsequent well-received (and free) updates have since made multiplayer closer to reality.

According to last night’s Inside Xbox livestream, Hello Games is going to double-down on the existing limited multiplayer with a “full multiplayer experience,” allowing players to game with a “bunch” of their friends in teams as well as bump into strangers – even “prey” on them, so it sounds like PvP will be a thing. Basebuilding and dogfighting and massive space battles were also mentioned. It’s incredibly ambitious.

The update will go live for existing PC players alongside the Xbox One launch on July 24th.

Source: Twitch, Reddit, Polygon. With thanks to Makhiel!
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JJ

For an exploration and base-building game that you can easily find on the cheap through various sites such as Humble Bundle and Green Man Gaming, if you enjoy that kind of thing it’s worth checking out. I originally bought it for PS4 and then later for PC. With this update I’ll likely return to it once again on PS4 to play with a friend, as we had intended to when first hearing of the game years ago. It’s unfortunate this is coming so long after the initial launch and hullabaloo that almost put it into an early grave, but at least this shows the game wasn’t just up and abandoned like so many others that hit full release or early access then just die off. Although he won’t see it, I thank Sean Murray and his team for being persistent and pressing on despite the criticism and harsh words directed toward the company.

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Bruno Brito

Hahaha

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rafael12104

It’s too late, for me anyway. I won’t go back to No Man’s Sky. That doesn’t impune anyone who may be going back or already went back and is enjoying the game. Kudos to them.

I just can’t get over the bullshit at launch.

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Bryan Correll

Too late by far.

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Vorender

I am way too excited for this. Decided to ignore the Steam reviews and take the plung two months ago. Been playing daily since. :)

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Greaterdivinity

But will we actually be able to see each other? : P

Glad that they haven’t given up on this after the fiasco and have been working on fixing the issues with the game and building out features that they said would be there years ago. They’re probably getting that Microsoft money for it since Microsoft wants it to be good when it launches on Xbox, but it’s still good to see that they didn’t just take the money from the initial launch and move on to their next project.

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Makhiel

But will we actually be able to see each other? : P

This is the promo image, so maybe?

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partiesplayin

I was one of those who got a refund for the game way back in 2016, but I’ve been watching all the updates being done and if this multiplayer update is well recieved I might possibly buy it again. But I have a feeling it’s gonna fall short of expectations or have massive lag issues we shall see.

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Loyheta

Not sure if I’m willing to give money to a team with such deceitful marketing and hardly reaching anything they originally advertised they’d have.

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Randy Savage

I hope it’s optional. What I like about this game is what everyone else seems to hate. I like just roaming around in peace after a long day at work. It’s a very relaxing game in its current state. Having to watch my back for potential gankers will turn this nice chill experience into a sandbox experience that I have avoided in every other MMO like it. If there’s no way to opt out of it, then it will ruin the game I’ve been faithfully playing while everyone has been bashing it.

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Makhiel

Unless they add some kind of player-tracking tools I think anyone wanting to do PvP will have a hard time looking for targets, given the player density.

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Randy Savage

Either way I’m hoping they add a way to opt in and out of it, like how flagging yourself for PvP works in other games. If it’s forced, even in a universe as big as NMS, I’m probably going to stop playing. Just the thought of potentially getting ganked while I’m just trying to scan and collect data on a planet’s plant life is enough to ruin it for me.

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JJ

Upon initial release I did the same – game was so chill and relaxing I’d actually often find myself falling asleep playing it.

Hopefully they’ll add an option like the beginning options now and one of them will be for solo exploration to opt out of any type of multiplayer experience, or something like invite-only.

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Robert J. Reynolds

Awesome! Better late than never, I suppose. I’ve been playing No Man’s Sky again recently. The game is much improved since its initial launch.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

This is what I wanted at launch and since a lot of their words about the game prior to launch didn’t match up with the game itself, I will wait to see if it’s what I want by reading reviews about it and pick it up if it is.