- The gorgeous, controversial game “No Man’s Sky” is back.
- The space exploration game is headed to the Xbox One this summer.
- Alongside the new platform, “No Man’s Sky” is getting a major new update called, “No Man’s Sky NEXT.”
- Few details are known about the “NEXT” expansion. It’s being called “the biggest update” to the game thus far. “It’s an important next step on a longer journey for us and the community,” Hello Games lead Sean Murray said.
One of the biggest games of 2016 is coming back in 2018, and it’s headed to a new console: “No Man’s Sky” arrives on the Xbox One this summer, alongside a brand new expansion dubbed, “NEXT.”
The game is currently available on the PlayStation 4 and PC, where it received several major updates since launching in September 2016. Those content additions – the Foundation, Pathfinder, and Atlas Rises expansions – will come included in the Xbox One version of the game. The “NEXT” expansion is also included in the Xbox One release, and will come to PlayStation 4 and PC at the same time for free.
Additionally, the game’s getting a graphical overhaul to take advantage of the Xbox One X’s 4K and HDR capabilities. “No Man’s Sky” was already gorgeous, but it’s going to look even better on Xbox One this summer.
So, what’s in the “NEXT” expansion?
That’s totally unclear. There are no details about the expansion in the press release from the game’s development studio, Hello Games, and a request for more information was met with silence.
Here’s the full quote about the upcoming “No Man’s Sky” expansion:
“We called this update NEXT, because it’s an important next step on a longer journey for us and the community. We’ve been working our socks off on this and it’s by far our biggest update so far. It will be free to existing players, and we’ll continue to support ‘No Man’s Sky’ in this way for the foreseeable future.”
Other than that text, all we’ve got are a few (very) pretty images and a release window of “summer 2018.”
Of course, if you haven’t played (or even heard of) “No Man’s Sky,” you may be wondering what all the fuss is about.
The long and short is this: It’s a first-person exploration game, with an impossibly large galaxy full of planets waiting for you to find and explore. Rather than shooting aliens and saving the world, you’re scanning for resources and looking through the remnants of past civilizations. It’s quite a game!