Hello Games describes its NEXT update as an incredibly important one, but also "just another step in a longer journey". Everyone who owns the game will be able to download the update for free, which most notably features the long-awaited addition of multiplayer. Take a look at the new trailer below to find out more.
One of the biggest new features that comes with the Next update (yes, that is its actual name) will be multiplayer, allowing you to team up with budding explorers either as a group of mates or with random players.
Interestingly, Hello Games" statement on the update also says that you will be able to "help friends stay alive, or prey on others to survive.' How exactly this will take form is unclear. You can engage in space battles, alien spaceship races and build colonies. Multiplayer opens up fun competitions where you can design and create exocraft race tracks and trails to share online.
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Third-person Viewpoint - The entire game, both on-foot and in a ship, can now be played from a third-person perspective, letting you see your customised character.
Improved space visuals that make the game even more handsome. Textures for ground, water, and clouds have been improved while ships, NPCs, and buildings have significantly more detail.
There's been a dramatic increase in complexity and size limits for base building, which can now be one anywhere on any planet.
With that ability, players can command a fleet of ships as they explore the universe.
Base building will no doubt be a huge thing for players.
There's more to do with player interactions and improvements here than there are changes to the game's core loop of exploration (which itself has seen many changes since launch, all for the better), but it's hard not to read the improvements below and not see how NEXT encapsulates the perceived initial vision for No Man's Sky.