There’s less than a week to go until Hello Games launch No Man’s Sky: Beyond, quite possibly the biggest update to the title since it launched three years ago. With incoming virtual reality (VR) support, the studio has just released a new trailer highlighting the expanded online element of the experience.
No Man’s Sky: Beyond is an ambitious enhancement to this procedural universe, hoping to keep current players happy, interest lapsed players in coming back and hopefully enticing new ones into the fold.
Affecting all players is the improved multiplayer aspect which the trailer solely concentrates on. No Man’s Sky always had an online multiplayer element but that could involve simply bumping into another player in the vast void of digital space. As the video demonstrates, this no longer seems to be a problem. This is mainly thanks to a new shared social area called the Nexus. The Nexus has been designed as a social hub for friends to meet up for missions or for meeting random space wanderers for a mission. Or if the moment calls for it, players can show off their rare spacesuits or display their spacecraft they’ve spent so many hours fine-tuning.
Whilst this feature will make No Man’s Sky a less lonely experience, it’s the addition of VR which should get enthusiasts of the tech excited. Offering support for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Valve Index, the update will put players in the No Man’s Sky universe like never before, potentially offering VR players the most expansive videogame to date.
When we made No Man’s Sky, we always wanted it to feel like you had stepped into the cover of a science fiction novel. Beyond is another step closer to that goal,” said Sean Murray, Hello Games Founder on PlayStation.Blog.
No Man’s Sky: Beyond is scheduled for release on 14th August 2019, free for anyone who owns the base videogame. If you haven’t bought the title yet and have been toying with the idea, currently it’s 50% off on Steam, dropping the cost from £39.99 GBP down to £19.99. For any further updates ahead of launch, keep reading VRFocus.