After debuting in 2016, No Man’s Sky brought players through a vast galaxy with endless possibilities, and while the game at launch had a mixed reception when it came to delivering on its initial ideas, the next phase of the game appears to be bringing it closer to that reality.
During the latest episode of Inside Xbox, Hello Games’ Sean Murray announced that the NEXT update for No Man’s Sky, the game’s next big content update, will be releasing on July 24th, 2018 to coincide with the game’s debut on Xbox One.
Specifically, the update’s biggest feature will be the introduction of full-on multiplayer support in No Man’s Sky. While the original game featured this to some extent, the new update will apparently more direct interaction between players across the galaxy, including the ability to meet random travelers, “build shared bases, dog fight, race vehicles,” and more according to Murray.
Aside from the new multiplayer features, Hello Games confirmed that the NEXT update will be available for free to PS4 and PC owners, while Xbox One owners will have the update at launch when the game launches this summer. The Xbox One version will also include all four of the game’s “major updates” released so far, including NEXT, alongside “dozens of smaller patches.”
No Man’s Sky is available now on PS4 and PC, and will be coming to Xbox One on July 24th, 2018. For a closer look at the upcoming NEXT update, you can look below at this clip from the latest episode of Inside Xbox, along with the new key art that will be used for the game’s Xbox One release: