Hello Games and 505 Games gave announced No Man’s Sky: Beyond, a new content update for No Man’s Sky that promises to be the most ambitious update so far, weaving together three expansions in one big free update.
Following on from last year’s No Man’s Sky Next, Beyond will include No Man’s Sky Online, the first component of the summer expansion. NMS Online promises to transition the game into something more akin to how we’d always expected the game to be, incorporating major new social and multiplayer features.
“Whilst this brings people together like never before, and has many recognisable online elements, we don’t consider No Man’s Sky to be an MMO – it won’t require a subscription, won’t contain microtransactions, and will be free for all existing players,” says Sean Murray.
Details on the other components of Beyond aren’t being shared just yet, so the promise of this game is still a little flaky. Murray has said they’ll talk more about each bit once they can be sure what’s going to be included. The word “ambitious” is thrown about with wild abandon, so we’re expecting plenty of fundamental changes. What we actually have though is, well, nothing of any substance.
I still don’t know how Hello Games is still funding itself to sit around developing No Man’s sky. That first payday must’ve been absolutely massive. It’s either that or the space exploration game has been steadily racking up sales in the background, explained by its regular appearance in the Steam charts. It’s probably both to be frank, with No Man’s Sky continuing to regain traction as it gradually grows into the game it was expected to be.