No Man’s Sky, the ambitious space-based survival game from Hello Games will get a major new free upgrade on July 24 called NEXT. Though multiplayer was already confirmed, we finally get to see some of the changes in action in a brand-new trailer.
Accompanying the first look at No Man’s Sky NEXT is news that players can look forward to multiplayer missions, and a whole lot more.
We now know that they’ll be updated visuals, a new third-person viewpoint and character customization. Base building will be extended and they’ll be unlimited base building. They’ll also be freighter fleets.
Here’s the breakdown of what’s new in No Man’s Sky NEXT.
New Multiplayer Mode:
- Team up with a small group of friends to explore the universe together, or joined with random travellers online
- Help friends stay alive, or prey on others to survive
- Build shelter or complex colonies together to share with your team
- Fight as a pirate or a wingman in epic space battles with friends and enemies
- Race exocraft across weird alien terrains, creating race tracks and trails to share online
Extensive Visual Overhaul:
- Play in third or first person, both on-foot and in ship
- Gaze on planetary rings and improved space visuals that make space more beautiful than ever
- Explore dramatically improved planetary terrain generation, ground textures, water and clouds that bring the environment to life
- Enjoy significantly more detail added to ships, NPCs and buildings
Unlimited Base Building:
- Build bases anywhere on any planet, with hundreds of new base parts added to the game
- Create bigger and better bases than ever before, with dramatically increased base building complexity and size limits
- Architect and own multiple bases
- Assemble and upgrade a fleet of frigates and command them from the bridge of your freighter
- Send your fleet out to into the universe or deploy them to help you as you explore a specific system
- Build a truly custom capital ship with improved freighter base building
- Invite your friends aboard and take on challenging multiplayer missions from the Galactic Commision Station on your bridge
The release of NEXT sees Sony’s exclusivity deal for console end as Xbox One will get No Man’s Sky this Summer as well. It will launch July 24, the same day as the PS4 update. The original news was tweeted out by Hello Games’ Sean Murray.
Play No Man’s Sky with your friends online July 24th A free update for PS4, PC, and launch on Xbox. Explore together, meet random travellers, build shared bases, dog fight, race vehicles. We’re so happy this is à¼¼ ã¤ â_â à¼½ã¤FINALLYà¼¼ ã¤ â_â à¼½ã¤ happening
No Man’s Sky NEXT: Is VR on the Cards?
Murray originally insisted back in March he only revealed No Man’s Sky NEXT early to beat a potential leak. Back then it contained a further, quite sneaky hint that virtual reality is on the cards.
At the end of the teaser video, you see listed alongside the logos for PS4, Xbox One, Steam, and Tencent wegame (China’s answer to Steam) is the logo for a Chinese virtual reality company W/ARE. However, there is no mention of PSVR following the first batch of information of No Man’s Sky NEXT.
What’s interesting about W/ARE is that it seems suspiciously like an AR marketing stunt by Hello Games. The tech involved is just that little bit far-fetched, and the text is littered with the word <CORRUPTED>. All things on the site suggest the next step in virtual reality.
It may mean that while we don’t know exactly what VR device is being worked on for No Man’s Sky, it does at least appear that VR is happening in some way, shape or form.
Hello Games’ founder Sean Murray doesn’t often post on Twitter, well not since the community was a little bit annoyed that No Man’s Sky didn’t quite live up to expectations. However, back in March he tweeted something a bit cryptic that may well have tied into this announcement.
No Man’s Sky NEXT: Content Hint
He shows a picture of his phone, which initially seems quite normal. On the phone are numerous games like Limbo, ThimbleWeed Park and Don’t Starve. However, at the top are the words âTelegram’ followed by some characters and digits.
They read: 6d, 6f, 72, 70, 68, 65, 75, 73.
â Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) March 28, 2018
This is Hex Code. The Hex translation of this is âMorpheus’. Morpheus was the codename of PlayStation VR when it was in development. If you put two and two together it suggests that No Man’s Sky will be PSVR compatible at some point.
Hex code for Morpheus… wasn’t that the PSVR code name before it was PSVR?
â Ryan Hunt (@LimeCrushByron) March 28, 2018
PlayStation VR support for No Man’s Sky has been rumored for some time. It became one of the most requested titles that fans wanted as a virtual-reality experience prior to the launch of the game in 2016.
When Sean Murray was interviewed by Kinda Funny Games in March 2016, he said that NMS would be an âexcitingâ game for VR.
âI think – I’m probably saying too much but – I think No Man’s Sky would be a really exciting title for VR. I think it would be a cool thing, right? But we’re like a tiny team working on this game right now,â he told the show’s host.
Something had awoken Murray. It was the first time he’d tweeted two days running for a very long time (not that we’re stalking him or anything). Not sure if this has anything to do with No Man’s Sky PSVR support….
â Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) March 27, 2018
For the record, despite some of the negative feedback, we like No Man’s Sky. The potential was huge, and it vastly improved after some updates. The big reason for the backlash was because fans expected it to be something that it wasn’t. As an exploration-based, sci-fi adventure, however, it’s rather good.
Are you looking forward to finally getting No Man’s Sky NEXT multiplayer?