Top 10 Anime redemption arcs: No Man’s Sky Next
No Man’s Sky was released amidst much hype. Its procedurally generated universe offered a lot of variety, and also multiplayer. When the game released, all of the claims seemed false. There was no multiplayer, and the planets all seemed too familiar. The game was hated so much that there was an investigation for false advertising on part of Hello Games. But with the release of the No Man’s Sky Next Update, Sean Murray and Hello Games might have finally turned the tides.
The Next Update has finally brought multiplayer to No Man’s Sky. Now, you won’t have to travel alone across the universe. This time, you can complete quests together, and even engage in dogfights with other players. The game has also added a third person perspective. The game had previously added the ability to own frigates, which are basically huge spaceships that are semi controllable. You can now amass a fleet of up to 50 frigates.
The graphics have also been updated. There are more effects like atmospheric smoke and lightning, as well as ringed planets. Players have been sharing some beautiful screenshots of the game:
Decided to jump into No Man's Sky with a friend tonight.
The first few hours were really fun. The 2nd planet we landed on had gorgeous views where we could see the planet next to it.
The feeling of getting off a planet to then land on a new one is such a cool fantasy. Love it! pic.twitter.com/EwmwyoseVj
— Max Gariepy (@MaxGariepy) July 25, 2018
There are also added base building mechanics. You can basically build a base anywhere, even underwater.
Let’s look at the numbers
Yesterday, No Man’s Sky had 41,861 concurrent players on Steam. This isn’t anywhere near to the 200k the game pulled at its release, but it is still quite good. It is twice as mane as the Atlas rising update though, which peaked at around 20,000 concurrent players. Right now, as of writing this article, the game’s current player count is 48,244 players, which is also its peak count, and it is the ninth most played game on Steam right now.
The game’s recent reviews are very positive, while the overall reviews are negative (thanks to negative reviews at launch). Hello Studios have surely redeemed themselves, and are one of the very few studios to do so. Let’s see what the future holds for them.