While the original game may not have lived up to the hype, a few years back in the oven saw No Man's Sky hit back with a vengeance thanks to the NEXT update.
16-player online multiplayer was added in the NEXT update, and while the name of this component seems to imply that multiplayer will take another step forward this summer, Hello Games still doesn't consider No Man's Sky to be an MMO.
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'. We'll likely hear more about the rest of the update in the coming weeks. Like that of No Man's Sky Next, Beyond is a free gift from Hello Games to its community of active players, and Murray promises to continue supporting No Man's Sky well into the foreseeable future. Whilst it will apparently be unlike any other online experience, it won't make No Man's Sky an MMO.
The first component of the Beyond update is something Hello Games is calling "No Man's Sky Online". There won't be a subscription or microtransactions, and the feature will be free for all existing players.
We are excited to announce that Beyond will contain those three major updates rolled into one larger free release. Falling short of expectations at launch, in part thanks to marketing, but also because it was kinda boring, developer Hello Games has since transformed it into an engaging, busy space sim that finally lives up to its grand ambitions. It remains to be seen how No Man's Sky: Beyond will affect the game's rather mixed legacy. How has your opinion changed regarding the game?