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No Man's Sky getting co-op multiplayer, coming to Xbox in July

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Hello Games' procedurally generated action adventure title No Man's Sky has already been announced for Xbox One and now we've got a date - 24 July 2018. The game's Xbox One version is notable for premiering with a co-op multiplayer mode.

The company have already confirmed that No Man's Sky will be getting a free update called Next for PC and PlayStation 4. At the time, Hello Games' Sean Murray said the update will include Xbox One, which is how the news came out in the first place.

Murray tweeted that No Man's Sky: Next will finally let players "explore together, meet random travellers, build shared bases, dog fight, race vehicles". He thinks that the Next update is a very different experience in the ilk of "Battlestar, it's Star Trek away team".

Of course, we can't really say we're over the moon here, seeing as how multiplayer was supposed to be there from the get go. At the time, Hello Games were downplaying importance of multiplayer, which was a cruel foreshadowing of what was to come.

Ultimately, the company along with Valve and Steam, ended up being investigated by UK's Advertising Standards Authority for their promises throughout the promotional campaign. They were ultimately found not guilty, mostly for delivering a brunt of their promises via unofficial channels. I can't decide whether that's clever or just plain evil.

Hello Games are hoping that Next will be enough to resuscitate No Man's Sky and breathe some much needed population back into it. The game's initial glorious population of 212 thousand concurrent players on Steam turned out to have been based on promises and, as a result, quickly plummeted to 8.2 per cent by next month.

While it's not uncommon for games to haemorrhage population after launch, No Man's Sky happened to be dropping way faster than it should, which quickly hinted at different sorts of problems. Even worse, the company went silent and that never ends well.

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Nevertheless, we'll see whether Hello Games are actually preparing something worthwhile, or whether they plan to treat us to some more impossible No Man's promises.