No Man’s Sky’s next major update is Beyond, brings “radical” new online component

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Hello Games has unveiled the next major free update heading to its exploratory space sim No Man’s Sky. It’s called Beyond, is due this summer, and includes a “radical” new online multiplayer component.

No Man’s Sky: Beyond is described as the game’s “most ambitious chapter so far”, and started life as three separate planned updates before Hello Games made the decision to combine them into one. The studio isn’t revealing every feature to be included in Beyond just yet, but has shared early information on the first component, known as No Man’s Sky Online.

This, according to the developer, will introduce “a radical new social and multiplayer experience which empowers players everywhere in the universe to meet and play together”. It’s not entirely clear what this means in practice, but it evidently builds upon the multiplayer features introduced in last year’s Next update – which enabled teams of four to play, explore, and create together in No Man’s Sky’s procedurally generated universe.

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