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New No Man’s Sky trailer offers more clues about its Beyond update

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Multiplayer, creatures, and bases are a big focus

No Man’s Sky developer Hello Games released another trailer for its new update to space-faring adventure No Man’s Sky on Thursday. Called Beyond, the three-pronged update is due for free release on Aug. 12 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One, as well as virtual reality platforms.

The new trailer follows a teaser video released last week, though this time there are plenty of visual clues that augment information already known. The trailer begins with the player character walking on a planet inhabited by other players, evidently doing their own thing, in the way of a multiplayer world.

One scene is takes place on a Death Star-like moon, inhabited by other players, which looks like a social lounge. In an interview at GDC earlier this year, Murray said that Beyond will “empower players everywhere in the universe to meet and play together.” He added: “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 trailer also shows players riding alien creatures, and it lingers on a sophisticated underwater player base, suggesting that base construction — first released in last year’s Next update — may be another focus for Beyond.

Beyond will also include a VR release for Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and Vive. We played an early version of the VR game a few months back, and liked it a lot. We’ll have more on No Man’s Sky Beyond in the days ahead.