'Full Multiplayer Experience' Coming To No Man's Sky This July

The space sandbox is finally becoming the best version of itself. 

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For No Man's Sky, the free Atlas Rises update finally introduced multiplayer gameplay, allowing up to 16 people to explore the universe together in synchronous co-op. It wasn't the fully formed multiplayer people hoped for, but a state. Now, with the Next update coming July 24, 2018, a robust multiplayer experience is being added to No Man's Sky.

"No Man's Sky can, kind of, be a bit mysterious [and] a bit weird at times. Also sometimes a little bit lonely," Murray says during an Inside Xbox interview. "This is very different. It's more Battlestar. It's Star Trek: Away Team. It's fun. It's funny and emergent and kind of intense."

Murray goes on to give a loose breakdown of what players can expect in the Next update coming this summer. You'll be able to gather with friends or just come across random strangers. You can team up or you can attack other people as well. The small communities or massive colonies spread across multiple planets that are built with a team will be online and can be visited by others.

The experience translates to space as well where dogfighting takes place. You can even create a pirate crew and attack freighters together. Racetracks built planetside were also mentioned during the interview.

No Man's Sky is available now on PC and PS4. The Xbox One version will launch with the Next update on July 24, 2018, and all of the game's updates are free.

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    May 18, 2018 7:25 AM

    Charles Singletary posted a new article, 'Full Multiplayer Experience' Coming To No Man's Sky This July

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      May 18, 2018 8:36 AM

      in that interview he says we will talk more about the "next" update in a bit but they never do. Is the "next" update just the mp stuff?

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        May 18, 2018 9:01 AM

        Yea the more robust multiplayer is the main focus of it.

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      May 18, 2018 8:42 AM

      Am I the only one who thinks that multiplayer is the last thing that game needed? Or base building for that matter. Neither of these of additions improves the best thing the game had to offer - exploration.

      NMS had incredibly shallow and grindy mechanics, which was the main problem.

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        May 18, 2018 9:02 AM

        Base building and the automated resource gathering that comes with it and freighters gives more flexibility to exploration. Having friends tag along would enhance that, in my mind.

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        May 18, 2018 9:06 AM

        yeah I was hoping the next update was going to focus on more variety

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        May 18, 2018 9:10 AM

        agreed completely.

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        May 18, 2018 9:13 AM

        I'm way on the other side on this: the idea of exploring a universe together with my best friend is all I want from this game -- shallowness and grindy mechanics fall to the wayside when you're doing it with someone you like hanging out with

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        May 18, 2018 9:16 AM

        Yep.

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        May 18, 2018 9:16 AM

        Even without true MP support, players have engaged with NMS in the same manner as Eve, with player-run governments, "war"s, etc.

        https://kotaku.com/no-man-s-sky-players-had-their-first-war-and-it-killed-1821399331

        A true MP support that would include trading, PvP, etc. would make it much more Eve-like

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          May 21, 2018 7:57 AM

          Unless you don't have a PC to run it,you might as well just play EVE then.