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No Man’s Sky to get multiplayer mode, and an Xbox One release, in July

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Hello Games announce that No Man’s Sky will be released on Xbox One in July, along with a full multiplayer mode for all platforms.

We’re just gonna say it. Well done, Hello Games. Faced with the kind of backlash that would make most people throw themselves out of an airlock, the small studio has continued to refine and improve No Man’s Sky since its PlayStation 4 release in August 2016.

The game has received multiple updates since, and while the vanilla experience did lack substance, players who have stuck with the game have been rewarded by a host of free content with the Foundation, Pathfinder, and Atlas Rises updates.

On this week’s Inside Xbox broadcast it was confirmed that No Man’s Sky will get an Xbox One release on July 24 in North America, and July 27 in Europe. The release will include a full multiplayer experience that will also be issued simultaneously on PC and PlayStation 4 as part of the No Man’s Sky NEXT update.

Sean Murray, founder of Hello Games, said:

“Multiplayer completely changes the No Man’s Sky experience, it’s emergent, fun and intense in ways we always wanted it to be. I’m so happy this is finally happening. It is genuinely exciting to be able to fully realise the potential so many people could see in No Man’s Sky. This will be our biggest update yet and we’re pumped to be bringing Xbox players along on the journey with us now too.”

No Man’s Sky‘s online multiplayer will let players explore the game’s procedurally-generated universe with friends, building shelters and colonies, taking part in space combat, and racing around tracks that can be shared online.

Read more of our No Man’s Sky coverage, including thoughts on procedural generation and alien sharks, here.

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