Since its extremely heated launch in 2016 on PC and PlayStation 4, No Man’s Sky developers Hello Games have been both exceedingly quiet, and hard at work creating substantial post-launch updates. Today they announced indie publisher 505 Games will help bring No Man’s Sky to Xbox One, along with another big update called No Man’s Sky NEXT. Both should arrive later this summer.
“We are calling this No Man’s Sky NEXT because it is an important next step in a journey for No Man’s Sky, for Hello Games and for our devoted community.” said Sean Murray, founder at Hello Games. “Each update for No Man’s Sky has been more successful than the last; this was especially true of our last update Atlas Rises. It emboldens the team to push ourselves further. This journey is far from over, and it’s exciting to be working again on something you know will surprise people.”
Apparently the announcement was given ahead of a possible leak, which is why we’re given no information on the upcoming NEXT update yet. As with previous updates, NEXT will be free to existing players.
Small announcement incoming. We generally say as little as possible now, and focus on making things for people to play… but this was about to leak ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) March 29, 2018
The Xbox One version will include all three major updates: Foundation, Pathfinder, and Atlas Rises, as well as the new NEXT update. It will also support 4K and HDR for Xbox One X.
No Man’s Sky has the dubious honor of being one of the most controversial game releases of the last few years. In a nutshell, Hello Games played coy with the features and scope of their retro sci-fi exploration game, and many fans bought into the hype. The result was a mixed bag that left many customers disappointed and angry.
Since then Hello Games have quietly released its major content updates. Foundation added base-building, Pathfinder added land vehicles, while Atlas Rises overhauled several major components of the game. These updates have been well-received, but the incredibly large day one fanbase has mostly moved on.
No Man’s Sky will launch on Xbox One this summer. It’s currently available on PC and PlayStation 4. It’s rated T for Teen with Fantasy Violence.