He isn't calling it a traditional MMO, even though it will have "many recognisable online elements", as it will require no subscription, won't feature any microtransactions, and will simply be a free update to all No Man's Sky players.
Hello Games is teasing out No Man's Sky Beyond, the next major step forward for the game.
Following a rocky release in 2016, No Man's Sky has gone from strength to strength as developer Hello Games worked to correct its inherent flaws and expand its qualities as a multiplayer sci-fi sandbox of infinite proportions. The first of those updates is No Man's Sky Online, which will offer new ways of exploring the universe by allowing all players everywhere in the game to come together. The update, Murray wrote, will make sizeable changes to the game similar to last July's Next.
No Man's Sky Online is one component of a three-pronged update dubbed No Man's Sky: Beyond.
No Man's Sky is about to receive a major update. But, it stresses that it doesn't consider "No Man's Sky" an MMO.
These changes are an answer to how we have seen people playing since the release of NEXT, and is something we've dreamed of for a long time.
Hello Games said it will share more information about each individual component when it knows it can be precise. Apparently, the multiplayer and social aspects of the update are only the top of the iceberg, with more to be revealed soon. No Man's Sky Beyond is the next chapter in the cosmic adventure, and it should be the largest one yet. We'll continue to support No Man's Sky in this way for the foreseeable future.