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    No Man’s Sky had one of the most infamous launches in gaming history. Since then, Hello Games has been quietly chiseling away on the game, delivering updates, fixes, and new content little by little. Last year we saw the release of No Man’s Sky: Next, a major overhaul update that managed to bring thousands of players back into the fold. Today, Hello Games announced the next update that will aim to deliver on the promises the developer made leading up to its original release. No Man’s Sky: Beyond is a package of free multiplayer and VR updates for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, due to release on Aug. 14.

    This is the seventh major free update for this groundbreaking and controversial sci-fi exploration game. It includes a whole new social, multiplayer, and VR experience for both new and veteran players. It will consist of three major updates packed into one large free release. This includes No Man’s Sky Online, which the developer describes as a radical new social and multiplayer experience that empowers players to meet and play together. Then there’s VR, which enables supporting platforms to bring the whole game to life in an immersive VR experience.

    No Man’s Sky is the limit

    According to several critics and outlets, No Man’s Sky: Beyond VR should be a particularly stunning and unique experience. VR probably fits the game much more as an adventure of imagination inspired by classic science fiction. It will still remain a limitless procedural universe that players can explore for eternity without ever reaching a boundary — millions of unique planets and lifeforms to witness and explore, even if they might have some common elements. Even if the game had a really rocky launch that disappointed players, at least the developer managed to bounce back and deliver results eventually.

    According to Hello Games, No Man’s Sky: Beyond is just as large and comprehensive as No Man’s Sky: Next. Players who stuck with the game through this past couple of years should enjoy how much it progressed. This is not the end of it, however, as the developers said: “We’ll continue to support No Man’s Sky in this way for the foreseeable future.”

    No Man’s Sky is available on PC via Steam, and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can find more information about the game on the official website.

    What do you think of this next update? Did you enjoy the Next update? Are you looking forward to experiencing the game in VR? Drop your comments below!

    Richard Costa
    Hack for hire, indentured egghead, maverick thoughtcriminal. Mainly interested in Western RPGs, first-person immersion, turn-based tactics, point-and-clickers, and card jousting. I backed the System Shock remake and Underworld Ascendant on Kickstarter, and I really regret the latter but hope the former will turn out okay.

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