Launching No Man’s Sky and the Next content update to Xbox One last year one of the most exciting times for our game. Millions of new Xbox One players joined the already wonderful No Man’s Sky community and helped to change the legacy of this game we care so much about.
Following the launch of Next, it was great to be able to share regular updates with the No Man’s Sky community. We’ve been a little quieter so far this year, but today we’re ready to announce some exciting news.
We will launch a major new update in Summer 2019: Beyond.
We began the year planning to continue developing a series of regular updates, much like Abyss and Visions last year. But as we worked on this plan, we decided we could deliver a much more exciting and impactful experience if we wove these features together.
We are excited to announce that Beyond will contain several major updates rolled into one huge, free release.
The component of Beyond we are announcing today is No Man’s Sky Online.
Online will bring players together from across the universe to play and explore together in a brand-new multiplayer experience. We’ve made these changes to support and develop the way we’ve seen people playing since the launch of Next, and we’re very excited to watch the adventures and journeys that result.
No Man’s Sky Online will dramatically expand the opportunities for playing together, and has many recognisable online elements, but we don’t consider the game to be an MMO. It won’t require a subscription, won’t contain microtransactions, and will be free for all existing players.
We’re happy to be announcing Beyond today. It is our most ambitious chapter so far, and we’ve been working so hard to do the game and the community justice. Online is just one part of what we have to share, and we hope to highlight the other exciting features of Beyond in the coming weeks.
We were humbled and thrilled to see so many accolades and nominations for No Man’s Sky as The Game Awards Best Ongoing Best Ongoing Game and the Steam Awards Labor of Love nomination. Next was not end-point for our journey, but another step on a longer voyage. We will continue to support No Man’s Sky in this way for the foreseeable future.