I’ve been hearing a few murmurs about No Man’s Sky lately, and we’ve gotten an announcement about the name of the next big update and some super vague statements about what’s in it. Link
The first component of Beyond we are announcing today is No Man’s Sky Online.
Now, for a second there, I imagined what that could possibly even mean. I mean, I’m an MMO player, so generally when the work “Online” gets tacked onto something, it implies some manner of persistent online universe where a large portion of the players can see and interact with each other. They did, of course, move slightly in this direction with the NEXT update last summer.
Whilst this brings people together like never before, and has many recognisable online elements, 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.
To be fair, I think what we should expect to receive are maybe some general updates to the existing multiplayer features. Maybe something more along the lines of what we’re used to with these sorts of survival sandbox experiences.
We will talk more about each component when we know we can be precise, and look forward to sharing more in the coming weeks.
They aren’t really saying much, but at least they’re saying weeks instead of months. Since the last one was a summer update, I’m pretty much expecting this one will be as well. I’m actually impressed by how well they’ve managed to turn the perception of their product around. I look forward to seeing what they’ve come up with, even if I don’t have time to play it when it comes out.