No Man’s Sky’s massive, game-changing Beyond update finally has a release date: Aug. 14. The date’s announcement was made in a blog post on developer Hello Games’ website, along with a very short teaser trailer.
According to Hello Games, the Beyond update is three major updates rolled into one. The first update will be No Man’s Sky’s new and expanded online multiplayer and social features. It isn’t exactly clear yet what this new online experience will look like, or how it will change the game.
The game’s managing director Sean Murray has previously told Polygon, “It includes a radical new social and multiplayer experience which empowers players everywhere in the universe to meet and play together. Whilst this brings people together like never before, and has many recognizable online elements, we don’t consider No Man’s Sky to be an MMO. It won’t require a subscription, won’t contain micro-transactions, and will be free for all existing players.”
The second major component of the Beyond update will be to add VR support to No Man’s Sky. The feature will be available in any part of the game, including multiplayer where players will be allowed to play in VR alongside their non-VR friends.
For now, these are the only parts of the Beyond update that Hello Games has revealed. But we’re sure to get more details in the coming weeks either before the patch or when the patch goes live on Aug. 14. Beyond will be a free update for all No Man’s Sky players.