No Man's Sky Gets Its Biggest Update yet with Inclusion of Multiplayer


No Man's Sky, a game about space exploration, released just over a year ago.

Entitled Atlas Rises, the update introduces monumental changes and improvements to numerous game's systems, including 30 hours of entirely new story content, new missions, and a barebones form of online multiplayer. That more easily enables community meet ups, and for the first time, there's a step toward full co-op play, as you get to see the position of up to 16 other players via floating orbs. Despite that, they were not actually able to interact in any way or even see each other. Players will need to be in close distance of one another for this to work, but with the addition of portals meeting up with friends online will now be a real possibility. 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 and VOIP (Voice over IP) allows proximity based voice chat with other nearby explorers.

Remember that planet you earmarked as "New Earth" way back when No Man's Sky first came out? Developer Hello Games is also promising to streamline travel, improve the game's graphics, add new aliens and ships, and even incorporate some basic multiplayer elements. According to Hello Games, the new story content will take about 30 hours to complete. Like the game's past patch updates, this update will be free and available to all players of the game, whether on console or PC. No Man's Sky Update 1.3 also introduces new Mission System which will grant players new and unique tasks. Mission Agents in Space Stations will generate different kinds of quests, including trading, combat, and exploration. Terrain editing will allow you to literally add or remove parts of the landscape around you.

While that's a lonely pursuit, the Atlas Rises update finally introduces an incipient form of multiplayer action, a feature that had been perhaps the most controversial omission from No Man's Sky. Biomes have been made more diverse as well, so that you'll see a lot of variety on planets. The monoliths have their own hieroglyphics, though, and you'll have to figure out the language to master portal-based travel.

This morning, a list of upcoming changes popped up, including mention of "joint exploration". Read Hello Games' full patch notes for all the details.