No Man's Sky was first released in 2016 but judging by the reaction to its latest expansion, No Man's Sky Next, it's kind of hard to tell. No Man's Sky even clocked in over 50,000 concurrent players today on Steam which is more than double that of the time the Atlas Rises expansion came out.
According to Steam Charts, No Man's Sky pulled in close to 54,000 concurrent users, the highest player counts for the game in some time. Although it should be noted that No Man's Sky had about 200,000 concurrent players when it launched in 2016. This beat yesterday's high of almost 42,000 concurrent players.
While 54,000 players isn't as high as some of the top-performing games on Steam, it was enough to get No Man's Sky into the top 10 and within spitting distance of Team Fortress 2, a free-to-play game. It helped that No Man's Sky had a 50 percent discount the day of the Next expansion, but also excitement for Next had been mounting for some time. The relatively smooth launch and chatter online seems to have helped as well.
No Man's Sky Next is the latest free expansion to Hello Games' 2016 space exploration sim. The new expansion adds full multiplayer, limitless base building, and an upcoming slate of regular content for No Man's Sky. The online engagement is a far cry from two years ago when players threatened to sue Hello Games after the launch of No Man's Sky for supposedly lying about the game's features.
If you haven't checked it out yet, you can read our No Man's Sky Next guide for the best tips on how to get started, building bases, and amassing ships.