No Man's Sky has already been updated so much (and for free) since it originally released in August 2016, crescendoing with the "NEXT" update releasing last year with multiplayer finally reaching the masses. You'd forgive the small team at Hello Games for stopping there, but it is evident that they really do love this project that they are involved with, as they are now announcing their upcoming BEYOND update, which comes in 3 significant features, all being interwoven together.
"No Man’s Sky Online includes a radical new social and multiplayer experience which empowers players everywhere in the universe to meet and play together. Whilst this brings people together like never before, and has many recognisable online elements, we don’t consider No Man’s Sky to be an MMO – it won’t require a subscription, won’t contain microtransactions, and will be free for all existing players.
These changes are an answer to how we have seen people playing since the release of NEXT, and is something we’ve dreamed of for a long time."
It’s completely unique to land on a world that no-one has ever seen before and to really feel as if you’re there, and the team has worked so hard to make this a true VR experience rather than a port.
Grab the joystick and thruster to fly your starship over an unexplored alien planet as you peer out of the cockpit at the view below. Reach into your backpack to grab your multitool, touch it to switch to terrain manipulation, and carve out intricate shapes with unprecedented control. Play in multiplayer and casually wave to your non-VR friends or fist bump your PSVR peers.
No Man’s Sky Virtual Reality is not a separate mode, but the entire game brought to life in virtual reality. Anything possible in No Man’s Sky, NEXT or any other update is ready and waiting as an immersive and enriched VR experience.
No Man’s Sky Virtual Reality, like all the parts of Beyond, will be free to existing players. However, we’re excited to announce that the release of Beyond will see an exclusive retail release of the game on PlayStation 4. This physical edition will come with the base game, VR support, and every update so far, including Beyond.
No Man’s Sky Virtual Reality will bring the experience to PlayStation VR and Steam VR, and will be released simultaneously on both platforms.
III - ???
As well as Online and Virtual Reality, No Man’s Sky Beyond contains a third major feature set that we’ll be intrigued to learn more about later.
No Man's Sky Beyond is due to release in Summer 2019 (northern hemisphere) on all platforms for free. A special edition of the entire game with all updates included will be available in retail stores for PS4 and digitally for all existing supported platforms if you do not already own the base game.