Hello Games’ latest patch for No Man’s Sky (update 1.3) incorporates multiplayer into the game, but not quite as players might have imagined or wished for.
With the introduction of No Man’s Sky‘s third patch Atlus Rises, players will be able to work with up to 15 other players to explore the vast universe and planets of No Man’s Sky, but there’s a catch. Anyone familiar with Fable 2 will fondly remember its co-op feature that would see joining players appear in a friend or online players game as a moving orb, it’s a similar deal with No Man’s Sky.
Players in close proximity to another will appear as a glowing orb in-game and be able to communicate using team chat in what the developer is calling ‘Joint Exploration’. Though undoubtedly the feature is not as tantalising as it originally sounds, it is the first step “into the world of synchronous co-op in No Man’s Sky” according to Hello Games. For Joint Exploration to work, players must be close to one another but the addition of portals to assist in fast travel makes meeting up to explore with friends a real possibility.
Update 1.3 also adds a 30-hour story campaign to No Man’s Sky with branching narrative, new context and quest system which features a mysterious new interdimensional race. Other new additions include new worlds, crashed freighters and visual improvements.
For a full list of changes and additions, check out the patch notes head HERE.
No Man’s Sky is out now for PS4 and PC.