A week from today on July 24, No Man’s Sky, including the Next update, will launch on Xbox One for the very first time. We are focused on development, but we know people are hungry for details.
It’s nearly two years ago our small team of friends, with a shared love sci-fi, opened the universe of No Man’s Sky for the first time. It was an innovative, weird, and at times, lonely game. I loved that. It reminded me of the science fiction books I grew up with. It was broad in a way that almost no other game is, but with four updates it has become broader and so much deeper too.
That will be even more true with the launch of Next, bringing a full multiplayer experience to NMS. We can’t wait for you to play, but hopefully you can see from the trailer we’re launching today this is a very new experience. Here are a few things you might notice…
Team up with a small team of friends and explore the universe together or be joined by random travelers. You can help friends to stay alive, or prey on others to survive. You can build tiny shelters or complex colonies that are shared for all players. Fight as a pirate or a wingman in epic space battles with friends and enemies. Race exocraft across weird alien terrains, creating race tracks and trails to share online. The character customization also allows you to personalize your appearance.
The game is fully playable in third or first person, both on foot and in a ship. New planetary rings and improved space visuals make space more beautiful than ever before. Dramatically improved planetary terrain generation, ground textures, water, and clouds bring the environment to life. There’s also significantly more detail added to ships, NPCs, and buildings.
Unlimited Base Building
Bases can now be built anywhere on any planet. Base building has dramatically increased complexity and size limits and we’ve added hundreds of new base parts. You can also own multiple bases.
You can assemble and upgrade a fleet of frigates and command them from the bridge of your freighter. Send your fleet out to into the universe or deploy them to help you as you explore a specific system. The improved freighter base building allows a truly custom capital ship. Invite your friends aboard and take on challenging multiplayer missions from the Galactic Commission Station on your bridge.
This is an incredibly important release for us, but it’s also just another step in a longer journey, and we’ll continue to support No Man’s Sky for the foreseeable future. We hope you enjoy this, and what follows. Thank you for reading and we look forward to meeting you out there as our journey continues.