While some of us might have thought that Hello Games would pull back on No Man's Sky development after NEXT shipped, the company apparently didn't. No Man's Sky NEXT, the last major update for the the game, brought in full-featured co-op but you wouldn't run into strangers in the same way.
Few games can boast such a big turnaround as No Man's Sky. Details are sparse at the moment, though the first component has been teased: No Man's Sky Online.
The announcement is light on specifics, but says that No Man's Sky Online will be 'a radical new social and multiplayer experience which empowers players everywhere in the universe to meet and play together'. "However, it will not require a subscription, will not contain micro-transactions and will be completely free for all existing players".
Hello Games is teasing out No Man's Sky Beyond, the next major step forward for the game.
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One of Beyond's new features is No Man's Sky Online. Perhaps the next update will add multiplayer essentials like messaging, friend's lists, and larger parties. We now know very little about this update. Murray says that he will "talk more about each component when we know we can be precise" but says that more info will be coming in "weeks", not months.
It's unexpected but so rewarding to see so many accolades and nominations for No Man's Sky as Best On-going or Most Evolved this year. Players also complained that several of the features that had been highlighted by advertisements were missing from the final game.
"It went on to bring enjoyment to millions of new players", he wrote, "and it helped to change the legacy of this game we care so much about..."