Hello Games is launching No Man’s Sky Beyond on the 14th of August. This is a large free update that will add full VR support and online multiplayer for 16-32 players (platform dependent). It is also adding a batch of other player requested features like animal riding. Sean Murray who’s the game dev at Hello Games, also mentioned how that they would be interested in bringing No Man’s Sky to Nintendo Switch. Throwing some shade at other games marketed as services, he mentioned how they didn’t change the look of the game with time.
Hello Games has a small team but that doesn’t mean that they are not working on optimizing No Man’s Sky. That includes dealing with technical restriction. This is what Sean Murray had to say in an interview with Game Informer:
For No Man’s Sky, it’s always been a really technically challenging game… We’re really lucky in that the tech is ours, the engine is ours, and we have all of that knowledge. A lot of what we’re able to do in terms of adapting production quality and adapting assets and things like that is because it’s based on that procedural tech. It’s not baked in, in terms of art. There’s a lot of things that we can do to change the game or scale the game. So if you look at it technically, and you look at the release version of No Man’s Sky and you look at it now, there’s so much graphically that has changed.
He said that a lot of games work as services but they don’t really change the way that they look.
Very few games do that. There’s a lot of games as service, but there’s not a lot of games that really change how they look.
Talking about the Switch, he said that he was interested in No Man’s Sky to the console.
It’s super interesting, I love the Switch. We’re obviously very focused on what we’re doing right now, but we have done a lot of work for PSVR to optimize the game. So I’d be interested to see what’s possible. But at the moment, we’re just very focused on what we’re doing right now.
No Man’s Sky Beyond will be released on the 14th of August as a free update. A PlayStation 4 retail disc was released in September.