Hello Games have confirmed that the next chapter in the No Man's Sky saga is coming on 14 August 2019. Dubbed No Man's Sky: Beyond, it's a three-pronged major update rolled into a single release, that's free for all existing players.
The dev said the changes are a mix of features they've dreamt of for a while, as well as a reaction to the way how No Man's Sky community liked to play from Next onwards.
"An expanded Online experience will bring a radical new social and multiplayer experience which empowers players everywhere in the universe to meet and play together", Hello Games wrote.
Quite possibly the biggest highlight, however, is the addition of VR to No Man's Sky, which not only feels right at home in Sean Murray's ambitious vision, it's said to be too good to express with words.
No Man's Sky: Beyond will allow you to wave at people, and even fistbump them, but the real charm is when you delve deeper into the game itself.
"Grab the joystick and thruster to fly your starship over an unexplored alien planet as you peer out of the cockpit at the view below. Reach into your backpack to grab your multitool, touch it to switch to terrain manipulation, and carve out intricate shapes with unprecedented control", they wrote.
Their announcement also features a bunch of press reaction to playing No Man's Sky VR, all of which are simply glaring, We're not going to recite them here, of course, for a multitude of reasons, but for what it's worth - mainstream press is impressed.
Hello Games said that No Man's Sky: Beyond is their most ambitious chapter yet, and something they really put effort into, which is how they plan to continue to support the game in the future too.
After rivers of negativity during the game's launch, No Man's Sky's community has gradually turned into an incredibly positive one. Not only did they have in-game, but they also paid for physical outside the dev's HQ, thanking them for their work, something which this industry definitely needs more of.