The NEXT update of No Man’s Sky, as mentioned by us plenty of times before, is pretty honkin’ big, but one of the biggest aspects of the update is the introduction of true multiplayer. So imagine people’s reaction, then, when they learned that the No Man’s Sky GOG version isn’t getting the multiplayer features of NEXT until later.
As a result of technical issues that appear to stem from GOG’s DRM-free business model, players of the PC version who got No Man’s Sky on the distribution platform are going to have to wait until some time later this year in order for multiplayer to come online:
“For a small, independent studio, developing the feature across multiple platforms is a hugely ambitious and technical challenge which resulted in this delayed release. Hello Games is however joining forces with GOG.COM to introduce full multiplayer via the GOG Galaxy platform.
“We appreciate your immense support and patience.”
The statement does mention that other features of the NEXT update, including all of the content and visual upgrades, will still be playable on the GOG version regardless. However, the timing of the announcement that GOG users won’t get multiplayer – putting the reveal at about midnight UK time – has upset several people.
As for the NEXT update itself, a patch that seeks to correct a number of bugs has hit the PTS-like Experimental Branch on GOG and Steam, and is reportedly making its way through certification on PS4 and Xbox One. Details on what those fixes involve can be found here.
Yikes. The fact that a delay is necessary is perfectly fine, of course, but a bit of advance warning would certainly have been nice. Perhaps the team assumed they would have whatever technical hurdles that prevented multiplayer on GOG cleared in time for NEXT’s arrival? In any case, here’s hoping “later this year” isn’t too late.
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