After what can be argued as one of the gaming world’s most disastrous launches, Hello Games have been working hard on a series of regular updates to bring No Man’s Sky closer to becoming the experience that it probably should have been at the start. But is it worth giving it a second chance?
For those of you that missed the news back in 2016 No Man’s Sky was heralded as one of the most anticipated games of the year. The developer Hello Games boasted that every single element of the game, from the rocks to the fish, would be procedurally generated for players rather than tailor-made by the creators. People believed it would be the ultimate game that you could explore with friends. But that wasn’t exactly the case. Now two years later, an update promises that it will finally help realize part of what fans were fantasizing about in the first place.
The game launched with very little content and no multiplayer, now that’s about to change.
Codenamed Next, the update coming in on July 24th introduces a true online multiplayer to the game. Players will be able to explore the galaxy and go on quests together, as well as build bases and much more. A new third-person perspective is also being added to the game. Best of all, you can interact with random players during your travels — and even fight them. Hello Games is calling this its biggest update yet, and it’s free to anyone who owns the game.
You’ll be able to explore the universe with your friends, or bump into random travellers. You can help friends to stay alive, or prey on others to survive. Your group can build anything from tiny shelters to complex colonies spanning planets, and everything is shared online for others to visit. Fight as a pirate or a wingman in epic space battles with friends and enemies. Race exocraft across weird alien terrains, creating race tracks or maybe just scenic trails to share online.
Prior to that players couldn’t directly meet up in No Man’s Sky you could interact with things that other players had discovered across the universe, but that was it. Players would try to meet up, only to find they were occupying the same space on the same planet without being able to see each other. In later updates, players could share bases with one another, leave each other messages, and eventually directly talk to one another if certain circumstances were met. However, it was not true multiplayer: other users existed as floating orbs that could only talk and nothing else.
So with this update what do you think would you give No Man’s Sky another chance?