Hello Games has launched the newest free update for No Man’s Sky, called Next. The update makes massive overhauls to the game by adding multiplayer, character customization, command freighters, and visual upgrades. Next is the fourth major update to No Man’s Sky, following Foundation, Pathfinder, and Atlas Rises.
No Man’s Sky originally launched on PS4 and PC in August 2016, and was harshly criticized for a perceived lack of content. Although multiple updates have since expanded the number of activities that players can do, Sony management admits the PR strategy “wasn’t great” and No Man Sky designer Sean Murray acknowledged that he made “mistakes.”
Despite the initial backlash at launch, No Man’s Sky’s updates have slowly earned the game a growing playerbase. “One day I hope to reach a point where I feel No Man’s Sky is ‘finished,’ but luckily there’s still so much more we want to do,” Murray said.
The major changes in No Man’s Sky Next are outlined below, but you can read the full patch notes and bug fixes on No Man’s Sky’s blog. Though it’s not in the patch notes, Murray tweeted out that Next also allows players to command their in-game avatar to sit down–a feature that players have been asking for. Perhaps a few more playful secrets are hidden within the game’s newest update. We’ll keep you updated as we find them.
Multiplayer And Character Customization
Multiplayer is the largest change to No Man’s Sky. Though it was never confirmed whether multiplayer would be included prior to launch, many players wished to explore the galaxy with their friends however they wanted. Next adds a lot of the mechanics those players wanted, as well as a few more.
You can now join up with random strangers, or team up with a small contingent of friends to construct colonies of small shelters, race exocraft, or engage in space battles against other players. You’ll be able to team up with friends right from the start, as the multiplayer extends to No Man’s Sky’s story and tutorial missions.
To help differentiate between avatars, Next adds character customization so that everyone can personalize their in-game appearance. You’ll be able to switch up your race and change your outfits too. Depending on the species of your character, you’ll even be able to change your hairstyle. Next allows players to be a Gek, Vy’keen, Korvax, Traveller, or Anomaly.
Not every player you meet is a friendly face, so when you run into another player in the midst of exploring the stars, it’s best to be cautious. Although a stranger could be a harmless passerby or a future ally, Next allows players to prey on others to survive. A collection of ships approaching on the horizon might be a crew of players acting as space pirates who rely on the stolen loot of others.
Getting Ready for No Man's Sky's Next Update
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