Thanks to a newly revealed gameplay trailer, we now know exactly what No Man’s Sky NEXT will add to the game. The new features include the choice to play in third-person, and the option to explore the galaxy alongside a group of friends.
No Man’s Sky NEXT is a free update set to go live on July 24 for all No Man’s Sky players. It’s a pretty meaty upgrade, adding in several features that have been long-requested by fans. Here’s everything that the No Man’s Sky NEXT update adds to the game:
- Multiplayer - Arguably the biggest addition that the new update brings is multiplayer. We don’t yet know how many friends you can team up with, but you can build shelters together that are shared for all players.
- Third Person View - One of the first things you’ll notice watching the trailer is that the game is now fully playable in third person. This allows you to see your character and ship, making character customization much more relevant.
- Unlimited Base Building - Whereas base building was confined to specific areas in the base game, No Man’s Sky NEXT introduces the ability to build anywhere you want. Size limits have been increased too, so there’s much more choice when building out colonies and shelters.
- Command Freighters - As part of No Man’s Sky NEXT, Hello Games is giving players control over freighters. Players can now assemble and upgrade a fleet of frigates and command them from the bridge of their freighter. It’s now possible to send a fleet out into the universe, or use them to help you explore a specific system.
- Multiplayer Missions - Players can now team up and take on challenging multiplayer missions. These new missions are picked up from the Galactic Commission Station on the bridge.
- Improved Freighter Base Building - To go along with the updated freighter control, the new update will add improved freighter base building.
- Updated Visuals - New features like planetary rings along with improved space visuals make the game look better than ever. There’s also more detail added to ships, buildings and NPCs.
- Improved Planetary Terrain Generation - As you’ll no doubt notice in the trailer, planet generation has been improved. Environments look much more varied and lifelike as a result, with updated ground textures and clouds really adding character to each planet.
Last week, Hello Games released a trailer highlighting all of the changes the game has gone through since launch, clearly hoping to bring back players who may have stepped away from the game early on.
No Man’s Sky NEXT will launch July 24 to coincide with its debut on Xbox One. It’ll go live simultaneously for Xbox One, PC and PS4. A physical version of No Man’s Sky on Xbox One will be distributed by 505 Games.