No Man’s Sky began its life on this earth as an over-promised, under-delivered curiosity that stirred ire and controversy and just enough awe and wonder to earn itself a second life, thanks to developer Hello Games’ willingness to put in the work and keep releasing incredible free updates over the next few years.
The game that launched back in 2016 and the game that we have now are two entirely different beasts. When the “Beyond” update lands next week—on August 14th—No Man’s Sky will be transformed once again, with full-blown online gameplay and VR support on the PS VR.
Check out the trailer:
According to Hello Games boss Sean Murray, the update will add what’s called the Nexus, a sort of social hub, where you can “play with friends or join with random strangers like never before.
“Suddenly your ship that you spent 50 hours earning can now be seen by others in the Nexus. Your rare spacesuit and unique helmet can be shown off to other players. Friends and strangers can visit that massive base you’ve been working on.”
This looks quite good. I haven’t played No Man’s Sky in some time, but this warrants a new playthrough for sure. The game was always promising—indeed, it was all those promises that got it in such hot water to begin with.
Now it looks outstanding. Beyond may be the butterfly at last, finally emerged from its cocoon. Here’s the VR-specific trailer: