2020 has been an eventful year in more ways than one. In spite of difficult circumstances, the small team behind No Man’s Sky at Hello Games have strived to keep the promise we made ourselves at the beginning of the year – to increase the frequency of updates to the game.
This year has already seen 5 significant updates for Xbox One fans. Less than a month ago the biggest update of the year, Origins, introduced a whole heap more to explore in the game and effectively doubled the amount there is to discover. Not to mention No Man’s Sky’s entry into Xbox Game Pass in June, which welcomed millions of new travelers to the universe.
The year is not over though, and we do have just one more thing…
We are delighted to be able to announce today that No Man’s Sky: Next Generation for Xbox Series X|S will be launching with the hardware in just a few weeks as a free update for existing owners.
The power of new hardware takes the brakes off No Man’s Sky and the procedural generation technology that underpins it in several really profound ways:
More powerful hardware allows No Man’s Sky’s procedural generation to create lusher, richer, and more densely populated universes than ever before. Planet surfaces are even more detailed, with thousands more rocks, alien grasses, and exotic flora on screen at any time.
For the first time on console, up to 32 players can join forces to build, survive, fight, and explore the galaxy together.
4K at 60fps
Xbox Series X and S both support 60 frames per second, and on Series X players can experience the universe in pin-sharp detail with 4k at 60fps.
Explore alien vistas with improved shadows, greater draw distances, thousands more objects on screen and improved lighting and volumetric effects.
Vast Base Building
Players can now work together to build huge colonies, with the ability to construct and render far more vast and complex bases on screen.
Warp Speed Load Times
Explore the universe instantly with a 5-10x reduction in loading times. On both Xbox Series X and S, you can warp from solar system to solar system in an instant.
Explorers will be able to join with other adventurers on all other platforms, including previous generations.
Upgrading from Xbox One and Windows 10
Not only will previous owners of No Man’s Sky on Xbox One be able to upgrade their game to Series X|S at no extra cost when the consoles launch in their territory, but their progress can be carried across to their new console.
An Evolving Game
No Man’s Sky: Next Generation will come pre-loaded with the previous four years of huge upgrades from day one. Join in the journey at our most important moment yet.
Our next generation journey begins.
No Man’s Sky
Inspired by the adventure and imagination that we love from classic science-fiction, No Man’s Sky presents you with a galaxy to explore, filled with unique planets and lifeforms, and constant danger and action.
In No Man’s Sky, every star is the light of a distant sun, each orbited by planets filled with life, and you can go to any of them you choose. Fly smoothly from deep space to planetary surfaces, with no loading screens, and no limits. In this infinite procedurally generated universe, you’ll discover places and creatures that no other players have seen before – and perhaps never will again.
Embark on an epic voyage
At the centre of the galaxy lies a irresistible pulse which draws you on a journey towards it to learn the true nature of the cosmos. But, facing hostile creatures and fierce pirates, you’ll know that death comes at a cost, and survival will be down to the choices you make over how you upgrade your ship, your weapon and suit.
Find your own destiny
Your voyage through No Man’s Sky is up to you. Will you be a fighter, preying on the weak and taking their riches, or taking out pirates for their bounties? Power is yours if you upgrade your ship for speed and weaponry.
Or a trader? Find rich resources on forgotten worlds and exploit them for the highest prices. Invest in more cargo space and you’ll reap huge rewards.
Or perhaps an explorer? Go beyond the known frontier and discover places and things that no one has ever seen before. Upgrade your engines to jump ever farther, and strengthen your suit for survival in toxic environments that would kill the unwary.
Share your journey
The galaxy is a living, breathing place. Trade convoys travel between stars, factions vie for territory, pirates hunt the unwary, and the police are ever watching. Every other player lives in the same galaxy, and you can choose to share your discoveries with them on a map that spans known space. Perhaps you will see the results of their actions as well as your own…