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No Man’s Sky NEXT Gameplay Changes Outlined – Multiplayer, Base Building, Visual Changes (Everything to Know)

No Man’s Sky NEXT is the new major update that has been released for PC, Xbox One, and the PS4. The developers have been working tirelessly to make the game better than it was at launch. As of now, No Man’s Sky is actually a game worth trying out rather than being one of the biggest scams that the world of gaming had ever seen once upon a time.

Today, we look at everything related to No Man’s Sky NEXT including the release date, and the host of new features that will be coming to the game as a part of the update.

No Man’s Sky NEXT Release Date

No Man’s Sky was released for all 3 of the major platforms at 9AM EST on July 24. There are many new features that have been added, the most important of which is the addition of the party system.

This means that for the first time ever, you will be able to engage in multiplayer with friends. Not only that, you will also be able to command freighters and will be able to enjoy the game in a much higher visual fidelity. Let us go ahead and look at all of the major changes that have come with to No Man’s Sky as a part of this update.

Multiplayer Additions

You are now able to make a party of up to 4 people, and that means that there is potential for a lot of buffoonery to occur. All 4 of the players can bring their gear and their ships to the game, and you can be as far away from one another as possible.

This means that you truly are in a multiplayer sandbox where you can do whatever you want.

Everyone in the party has equal privileges and can take part in any player’s missions, not just the host of the server. There are a few restrictions on the game mode, however, and one of them is the fact that all 3 of you need to be playing the game mode.

There are 3 different game modes which are Normal, Creative or Survival. For fooling around, the creative mode is the best as it gives you unlimited resources to do whatever you want.

You can also join without having a save game of a particular mode, but you will be playing as a guest who has the standard gear. You can also attack fellow players and share whatever you want with them apart from the Starships.

Players who have a Capital Ship can accept multiplayer missions and every player has a photo mode which they can use while other players continue playing, thus allowing for some spectacular photo shoots in the middle of the game.

Base Building

There have also been massive changes to the base building system of the game. Now you can build a base wherever you want which includes beneath the waters and on floating rocks.

There are 20,000 individual pieces for you to use when you are constructing a base and you will have a mission tree for your base which rewards you for upgrading the various different parts and structures attached to your base.

The person who sets the initial piece of the base will be the one who owns it, but all of the players nearby will be able to help build the base which means that you can pretty much have bases which would not be possible with the input of a single person.

It is also possible to build a base on a capital ship or buy a whole fleet of freighters to send them out on various different missions (a new mission list for these freighters is another addition that comes as a part of No Man’s Sky NEXT).

Visual Updates

The game definitely looks much better than it did previously and there have been quite a few quality of life improvements to the game as well. There is the option of a third person view, and you can use it while walking to be able to see a much larger part of the planet that you are on.

Personally, I find it much better than I found the first person view for traveling on foot. Moreover, you can switch between the 2 views using the contextual menu.

Your player model is also customizable and there is a new terminal which can be used to change the way your character looks in the game. This terminal can be found in pretty much every space station that you are on, and you will be able to build this terminal in any of your bases and freighters.

The parts of yourself that you can change is your species, suit, and helmet. The HUD has also been changed with a much better looking contextual menu and the pop-ups which often ended up being annoying have become much better and subtle.

Lastly, you can now repair the critically damaged systems piece by piece. This allows you to plug in the resources that you have and then look out for more. In essence, this gives you more inventory space.

Those are all of the changes that have been bought forth by No Man’s Sky NEXT. Let us know on what you think of the game and whether or not the post-launch updates have made the game worth playing in your opinion using the comments section below!