Hello Games is planning a new update for its space exploration game, No Man’s Sky. Called Next, it’s due to be launched this August. No Man’s Sky will also be released on Xbox One later this year, to complement current platforms PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.
The Xbox One version will be available digitally and physically, with the disc release set to be distributed by 505 Games.
Hello Games isn’t yet revealing details on what the Next update will actually entail. According to co-founder Sean Murray, the Next update is based on player feedback. It will also expand on story themes introduced in previous updates.
“We called this update ‘Next,’ because it’s an important next step on a longer journey for us and the community,” said Murray, in an email sent to Polygon. “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.”
The game’s most recent update, Atlas Rises, was released last summer, adding 30 hours of story as well as more planetary variety. Prior to that, Hello Games released two major updates following the game’s launch in August 2016.
“We’ve learned a lot over the last few years, faster than we would have liked,” added Murray. “I’d love to avoid talking completely and just make things people can play, but we knew this was going to leak anyway, and I think it’s news that should make a lot of folks happy.”
Prior to its initial release, No Man’s Sky was hyped intensely by Hello Games and Sony, which signed the game as a PlayStation 4 console exclusive. Its arrival split the audience, with some complaining of samey gameplay, and a lack of the magic and variety previously promised. Since then, the game has made significant strides forward. We’ll have more on this No Man’s Sky Next update as details emerge.
Update: Sean Murray said in an Xbox Wire post that the Xbox One version of No Man’s Sky will support 4K resolution (on Xbox One X) and HDR color (on Xbox One S and X).