No Man's Sky Next is Out Today: Release Time, Patch Notes, and More Details Here

No Man's Sky Next is Out Today: Release Time, Patch Notes, and More Details Here

A full list of patch notes for No Man's Sky Next.

No Man's Sky Next, the newest major expansion for Hello Games' space exploration sim, is arguably the biggest addition to the game since launch. You can play No Man's Sky Next today and along with full multiplayer, you'll also be able to build bases, command freighter armadas, and experience a new graphical look.

No Man's Sky Next is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in North America. The expansion marks two years since No Man's Sky first came out on PC and consoles as well as the rocky post-launch period which, fairly or unfairly, many players felt wasn't an accurate vision of the game that was promised.

No Man's Sky NEXT

Multiplayer

The Next expansion features full multiplayer where players can team up in small groups to explore, build, or battle enemy players together. Players can become pirates or wingmen in space battled, build communal bases, farms, and racetracks, and share progress as they explore the No Man's Sky story, or in multiplayer challenges.

Community Events

Hello Games is also planning a series of weekly content and community events which will be free for all players. Community missions will unlock new rewards and Xbox players will get added Mixer functionalities that let viewers take control of their game.

Galactic Atlas Website

A new Galactic Atlas website has also been launched to coincide with the release of Next. The Galactic Atlas reveals points of interest in the game, mark key regional hubs, and grow as players give feedback to the site.

Base Building

Base building has also been markedly expanded. Players can build bases almost anywhere, whether it's on high mountains or underwater. There are hundreds of new base parts which can be found or unlocked for deeper customization. Teleporters have been streamlined and can be built anywhere on the planet surface. Base complexity and sizes have been drastically increased, and players can own multiple bases.

Character Options

Third person or first person perspective is available now in No Man's Sky and players can enjoy the experience fully in either perspective on both foot and inside a ship. Expressive gestures also let players communicate non-verbally to one another.

Character customization can be found in your base or freighter. Players can play as a Gek, Vy'keen, Korvax, or Traveller/Anomaly.

A full list of patch notes can be found on Hello Games' official No Man's Sky Next webpage. Also detailed are the improvements made to the game's graphics, procedural tech, and added assets. It's quite a doozy, but also points to how expansive the new Next update is.

No Man's Sky first came out on PS4 in 2016. Since then Hello Games has been addressing various criticisms to the game quietly. The studio released three prior expansions, Foundation Update, Path Finder, and Atlas Rises, which all added new features to No Man's Sky like base building, deeper storylines, and new modes.

For a complete overview of No Man's Sky Next check out our No Man's Sky Next guide with walkthroughs, tips, and other tricks to help you navigate the vast expanse of space and eternity. See you space cowboy.

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