The release of the No Man’s Sky Next Update has certainly done what it set out to do. It’s gotten people talking about the game again by way of adding a bunch of new features to the game through a free update. However, not all of these features are available on all platforms.
If you’re thinking about taking the plunge into No Man’s Sky, it’s probably not a bad time to do so, but buyer beware, not all of the features are available on all platforms. More specifically, the DRM-Free version on GOG does not feature multiplayer, and might not for some time.
It’s worth noting that all of the single player content that comes with the No Man’s Sky NEXT Update is in the GOG version of the game, however.
Following the release of the update across multiple platforms, GOG issued this update to let people know.
“The multiplayer component will not be ready at launch,” reads a post on GOG. “We expect it to be released later this year as full multiplayer parity remains in the pipeline. For a small independent studio, developing the feature across multiple platforms is a hugely ambitious and technical challenge which resulted in this delayed release.”
Unfortunately, this news has those that already own the game on GOG quite upset as it comes as somewhat of a surprise with no clear cut timeline on when to expect the fully featured release. While many turn to GOG for a DRM-Free alternative in gaming, this move by Hello Games has made them second class citizens for the time being.
The moral of the story: When smaller development teams have to prioritize which platforms to focus on, they’ll usually focus on the ones with the bigger bases of players to maximize their revenue. Unfortunately, those who already purchased the game here are the ones that are going to get the short end of the stick.
There has been no announcement of when to expect multiplayer for this version of No Man’s Sky Next.