No Man's Sky Multiplayer Arrives in Free Update to Game

No Man's Sky may finally get co-op exploration and story overhaul in next update

No Man's Sky may finally get co-op exploration and story overhaul in next update

A couple of days ago, we reported on an email from Hello Games founder Sean Murray about No Man's Sky's next big update, version 1.3, in which the activation of transport portals and the addition of new story content were referenced. Ancient portals can now be activated too, allowing players to revisit previous planets, others bases or jump randomly to new worlds.

Incredibly, that still doesn't cover everything in the Atlas Rises update, so be sure to head over to the No Man's Sky website if you want to know more.

One year later, No Man's Sky is a better game but still lacks magic and mystery, so said our Chris earlier this week after returning to the open world space exploration sim.

Check out the new update trailer below. It'll also double the lore and interactions of the existing game. Interaction is limited, but you have local voice chat and could theoretically us the terrain editing Multi-Tool enhancements together.

A terrain editor has also been added, as has a new mission agent offering up side tasks to be undertaken on a user's journey. But to their credit, they are determined to make this project they poured so much time, effort and money into a success.

Install galactic technology to be able to filter the map by lifeform, wealth, and economy. Players can build their standing with numerous NPC guilds and unlock more hard, more rewarding missions.

There are a number of improvements being made to the game visually, contextually, economically and creatively. Apparently there are more upgrades to be equipped as well to improve it and reap even more rewards. This includes a communicator, which can be used to advance mission steps, or even to hail pirates before they attack.

"Joint exploration" as it's being called, will allow up to 16 other players to enter a game, however they won't be as visible as you'd expect, rather they'll be floating orbs in amongst the universe.

While interaction with others is now very limited, this is an important first step into the world of synchronous co-op in No Man's Sky. On that trip, you'll also find new "exotic plant types" on some planets, with Hello Games saying that the look and variety of biomes have been improved. If not, what could Hello Games do to make you pick it up again?

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