No Man’s Sky may be on the verge of its massively multiplayer update

    
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Can you feel that? That is the eerie calm right before No Man’s Sky explodes with its biggest update ever. Or it could be gas from eating too much Taco Bell last night. In any case, the community for this space-faring game is eagerly anticipating the release of No Man’s Sky Beyond, which promises to not only transform the game into a full-fledged MMO (though they refuse to use that word) but also add virtual reality support and another “surprise.”

So far, the studio has been cagey on an exact release date, only saying that it would be coming out this summer. However, a couple of news sites have noticed that the Australian ratings board just gave the new version of the game a “PG” rating, a move that suggests that the patch could be a week or two away.

The studio said that player interaction with No Man’s Sky is up, with the average /played count resting around 45 hours. “We don’t have very many classic, traditional gameplay loops in the game that entice people along,” said creator Sean Murray. “They are playing it because they enjoy it, they want to see the next planet or whatever it is.”

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Tobasco da Gama

It’s hard to tell whether the release is weeks or months away based on just this, but it does suggest that Beyond is feature/content complete. So it’s close, one way or another.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

after the taco bell reference i read ‘space-faring’ as SPACE FARTING. thanks Justin!

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Anstalt

Reading their website about this update I don’t see anything to indicate that this “online” update will make it massively multiplayer.

Weirdly, their website specifically says “we don’t consider No Man’s Sky to be an MMO – it won’t require a subscription, won’t contain microtransactions, and will be free for all existing players.”

The reasons given for not being an MMO have absolutely nothing to do with whether a game is massively multiplayer or not. The only thing that matters is how many people it can handle in the same virtual environment. If it can handle hundreds, it’s an MMO. If it can handle less than 100, it’s not.

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silverlock

Even then what do you mean by handle x number of players? Do you mean that number in the game universe (which is so massive that the chance of randomly coming across another player is small), solar system, planet or on the screen at the same time?

I do believe that if they make it an mmo then player hubs where people gather to meet up will develop over time.

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Kane Hart

Also who wrote this and where is this quote from the devs?
“which promises to not only transform the game into a full-fledged MMO”

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Greaterdivinity

https://www.nomanssky.com/2019/03/no-mans-sky-beyond/

Based off of this, I imagine. They (Hello Games) don’t consider it a MMO, but per their own words that’s because it’s a free update and they won’t have any subs/MTX as are traditionally in a MMO’s.

But it sure sounds like it’s going to be real close to mechanically/functionally being a MMO with the update, and there weren’t any corrections for all the media that made that same connection after the post went live.

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Kane Hart

Well Hello Games for sure could be the worst communicators on earth that is for sure and I can give that, but making assumptions is always bad too. I remember one time we made an assumption the game have multiplayer from the fact we were told is had MP LOL

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silverlock

We where not told that though. Yes when asked if the game had multiplayer they didn’t just say no like they should have but gave a three paragraph answer that was confusing but if you bothered to read through their statements then you could piece together the fact that the game was single player with a shared database of discoveries.

I and others tried to tell people just that on this site but people insisted that we simply didn’t understand the devs “Vision”.

But yes you are right in that the suck at communication.

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TheDefensior

I wonder… any chance of cross-platform multiplayer between Steam and GOG?

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silverlock

GOG players are lucky to get updates three months after steam. Still that would be nice.

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Kane Hart

Is it? I mean they stopped communicating again… Some the worst developers in the industry from communicating. If they could learn to communicate and keep what their doing with updates the hell yeah they be some the finest devs…

Some people rather say it’s a good thing not to communicate to people and it makes bloody no sense at all. I like to get idea what is happening and if I will be seeing an update this summer or next…

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Sasha Alex

I want more information about what it contains aside from online play and VR.
Cause those two don’t sound like a huge update for me. I want more gameplay content, features , items added to the game. Even better redesigned biomes and diversity in them.

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Kane Hart

Yeah makes no sense there was 3 big stages to the update and then 3+ months ago they just decided not to tell us the 3rd one and drop all communication on the subject.. Once again annoying as hell developers for communicating.

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hoylegu

I prefer that the very small dev team focus all of its time and energy on the update, instead of placating the unwashed masses.