No Man’s Sky touts an uptick in player numbers thanks to cross-play and Xbox Game Pass release


Man, it’s almost like letting people play games with one another regardless of their chosen platform is good business. Hello Games’ Sean Murray has shared a blog on Xbox Wire that announces that No Man’s Sky has enjoyed a fresh uptick in player interest, with over a million new players arriving to the game since it released to Windows 10 and the Xbox Game Pass, combining with the addition of cross-play to bring the “biggest ever in-game numbers, all playing together regardless of platform.”

“It is genuinely humbling, nearly two years after first releasing on Xbox One, that there are still so many people interested in exploring our universe. It is a journey which we are thoroughly enjoying, and our tiny team is still excited to bring new content to the game,” writes Murray.

The surging interest in No Man’s Sky is likely being helped out by the recently released Desolation update, which adds procedurally-generated derelict freighters for players to explore on top of several quality-of-life updates. That said, things aren’t all 100% smooth as a result of bugs in the update, but the game’s community is banding together by creating a bug report megathread on the game’s subreddit.

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