No Man's Sky Will Have "Traditional" Multiplayer, But Probably Not at Launch

Hello Games founder Sean Murray speaks at length about the ambitious space adventure game in an interview with GameSpot.

As part of GameSpot's week-long information blowout for ambitious indie space game No Man's Sky, we spoke with Hello Games about what exactly the title is all about. Today's segment is an interview with founder Sean Murray detailing the gameplay experiences players can expect when the game is finally released.

One component of No Man's Sky is a "traditional" multiplayer mode, Murray told us, though he's keeping tight-lipped about what this will entail. "There is this thing, which I'm not going to talk about now; that is a plan for multiplayer, and for people to have a more traditional multiplayer experience within the game. That's something that we'll deal with further down the line, that is exciting. But that is not what's core to the game right now. We have a laser-sharp focus on what we're going to ship with, basically."

Though No Man's Sky will have some form of multiplayer eventually, it's not a game about forming a clan or allegiances. Murray did admit that the game will have "some MMO-esque mechanics" as it relates to meeting other people in the game's vast world, but your overall goal will be to travel to the center of the universe. Once you do so, "something happens" that is "worthwhile seeking out," Murray teased.

But even when you discover what this secret is, the game doesn't end there, Murray said. Unfortunately, he's not talking about what comes next just yet. For now, be sure to check out GameSpot's extended and exclusive coverage of No Man's Sky this week as part of our Next Big Game feature.

Despite being announced only for the PlayStation 4 so far, it sounds like the game is also coming to other platforms, potentially Xbox One. Hello Games has not announced any kind of release window for No Man's Sky.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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zyxahn
zyxahn

I am trying not to think to much about this game to expect to much but damn it's tough.

zyxahn
zyxahn

This really is frustrating not getting an answere about wtf you do.  On the other hand it is amazing that they are keeping it secret in todays internet world.

dannydopamine8
dannydopamine8

probably not at launch lol, when will you people ever learn. Indie games are always just perma-early acess unfinished piles of crap

vadagar1
vadagar1

it will release for PC AFTER a month from the PS4 release... MARK MY WORDS...


Sony just dumped a truck load of cash on Hello games for this and frankly they really needed it.


if it was any other company i would recoil in disgust, but these guys really really need the cash after God's little "prank" that destroyed them, and I wont mind waiting cause this game is INSTANT buy for me.

tauriqm
tauriqm

I hope everyone, not just us PS4 owners, get to experience this game. It looks wonderful and beautiful. 

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

This is not enticing me to want to buy a PS4 - and I usually buy all the relevant consoles.

Kiaininja
Kiaininja

I wonder if the center of the universe you will find a planet filled with beautiful women Amazons.

kcmcgrady
kcmcgrady

Hopefully they dont pull a GTA:V

charlieboomboom
charlieboomboom

sooo next q would be if a weak connection could affect gameplay????

qtmew
qtmew

I can't really read the article now. Can anyone tell me if this is a offline single player game which will have multiplayer mode online? Or is this a F2P or MMO-Type-Game?

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

Funnily enough that's the least appealing feature of this game...no rush for that at all...

straightcur
straightcur

Better idea.  Why not finish your game first and release a completed product.  You have one chance to win people over, why risk underwhelming and disillusioning people.

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

I'm personally very interested in this game, simply because of how potentially vast it might be. If it succeeds in delivering on its ambitions, it will also be a great example of the potential of Indie Devs, one that will hopefully kill the stereotyped view gamers have of Indie Games as a whole.

Pianta_party
Pianta_party

just an impossible thought, the center of the universe will be the milky way and you can fly into an indestructible complete re-make of Earth and claim your home.

jako998
jako998

just being honest... I don't see why this game s getting hyped up so much. it looks decent but not all that.

rocketrambo23
rocketrambo23

@dannydopamine8 you mad bro. there is a lot of crap, but this game is never ending. If you want to get technical Destny is gonna be the same way its gonna be updated for the next 10 years. Almost every game is updated for years on end look at Battlefield, Call of Duty. look at the content before you get all but hurt

T3mpr1x
T3mpr1x

@Sevenizz Really? I haven't been this excited for a game since LittleBigPlanet.

zyxahn
zyxahn

@Kiaininja It better f*cking not be zombies that's all I'm sayin'

pongley
pongley

@Kiaininja Or maybe you just find a massive Starbucks in a damning indictment of Western consumerism.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

What, sell a billion dollars worth of product in it's first week?

What's wrong with GTA5?

porterhoarder
porterhoarder

It's five short paragraphs. You don't have time to read it but you have enough time to comment and wait for a reply? Are you that lazy that you can't skim a very short article? I mean the title says it all anyways. I could've read it twice in the time it took me to type this (on a phone).

quicktim3
quicktim3

@qtmew multiplayer will not be available at launch, its a single player game right now. 

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

@straightcur I have a theory. I think they want people to enjoy and explore the game a bit first. Often when there's a MP component some people gravitate to that right away and don't see some of the other stuff on offer.

hystavito
hystavito

@jako998 I will say, and have said a few times, I think it's too early to be going as crazy for this game as many are.  Even at the E3 press conference, where we knew almost nothing about it, people went nuts.  At that point the only thing that was impressive was flying down to or up from planets in real time.  I also think maybe a lot of people were a little too excited for the art style.


But it does look like it might be a pretty cool game.  It's like a combination of old space sims with say Starbound.  On that note it should also be mentioned that a lot of what they are doing is not necessarily new or as many like to say innovative.

guydude3412
guydude3412

I agree. I said it should be around $15, being like Minecraft, and some guy called me delusional. It is being so overhyped. What I am really excited for is sunset overdrive

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Another game I never cared for.

unban_porygon
unban_porygon

@Sevenizz I think kcmc is referring to a delay of the release date that both GTA IV and V had each ... from what I remember, GTA IV's original release date was to be October 2007 and GTA V was to be launched in April 2013 but each got pushed back about 6 months.

qtmew
qtmew

@quicktim3 @qtmew Great! I thought it would be an online game only. I like my games offline single player!

quicktim3
quicktim3

@hystavito @jako998 this is the type of game where the less you see the more hype surrounds it. as more details get released we'll see if it actually delivers well on whats promised. 


because there has to be some limitations and downsides that we haven't seen yet. 

pnova
pnova

@guydude3412 hahaha sunset overdrive is the most overhyped game right now. It doesn't even look good, I understand why No Man's Sky is getting hype because it's new and interesting, but sunset overdrive is not new and interesting. It looks like Dead Rising 3 and they both look corny and lame like saints row games. Bbahahaha I can't believe you said sunset overdrive lol what a joke.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

The quality they strive for justifies the delays. While the online component may have had issues - they still released a very polished product. Not many in the industry can claim that.

Saketume
Saketume

@qtmew @quicktim3 Yeah I thought for sure it was online only. Didn't they say that players must cooperate to reach the center of the galaxy.

OldDirtyCR
OldDirtyCR

@qtmew @quicktim3 Well it's not mashing to genre norms. It seems to require online connection because the universe is persistant. But they are very adamant it's not going to play like a traditional MMO and they don't want the MMO label because it's a single player experience.


Sooo, a single player game that might require online connection.

guydude3412
guydude3412

Wow, you cannot handle some one wanting a game that you don't. I think it looks cool, especially with eight player multiplayer. It looks something refreshing from all the gritty games. But obviously you don't agree. And again, a pony bashing an Xbox exclusive

guydude3412
guydude3412

Wow. This game has a trailer and a little gameplay. The platforms have not even been announced yet, but it is called the next big game. It also sounds like Minecraft, just with shinier graphics and concepts from other games. And obviously you are a pony, because both games you are making fun of are Xbox exclusives

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Presently, Titanfall on the Xbox One. It came as a big shock to me and I'm not even a bro shooter fan. If I owned a PS4, I'd say Resogun - that looks fun.

pnova
pnova

@guydude3412 lol are you dumb? Saints row is not a xbox one game. You just trying to hate on no man's sky because it wasn't announced for xbox one. In my opinion it should stay exclusive for PS4 for a while and let the game grow for a couple of years  and add their multiplayer before launching on other platforms.Their team is small they should focus on making the game great instead of trying to please xbox fanboys or pc elitist.

guydude3412
guydude3412

Well I'm not. It is the only language fanboys understand. I have a console from all three makers as well...

guydude3412
guydude3412

And I want this game. I just said it was overhyped for what it is. Another thing we don't know much about the game. Never said I didn't like it

Kavorklestein
Kavorklestein

@pnova PC gamers were FIRST in line for this game, and PS4 gamers have THEM to thank for this even being conceptualized on PC, THEN on PS4 in the first place. You are retarded.

Poodger
Poodger

@pnova It won't be a PS4 exclusive, expect a PC launch.

guydude3412
guydude3412

Why should it stay an exclusive? I hate exclusives, Everyone should be able to play every game, no matter what platform they are on. Platform should be picked for controller preferences, which ecosystem you like better. And i have an Xbox one, vita, and 3DS, so don't call me a fanboy

pnova
pnova

@guydude3412 PS4 the biggest gaming audience right now, so if they do have it exclusive for a couple of years. They made the right decision.  A game like this should stay exclusive. Unless it's cross play with all platforms. Xbox policies doesn't allow cross platforming anymore so it would of been nice to have PC and PS4 players playing together and forget xbox one. Hopefully that's their plan.

guydude3412
guydude3412

Honestly, you really are a hardcore pony if you can't see past Sony. I admit, I prefer Xbox over anything. But that doesn't mean I don't care for any game not coming for Xbox. And by the way,I don't even like titanfall

guydude3412
guydude3412

You really are a pony. Exclusives are bad for the consumer. Why would you want them? Wouldn't you want to play games like like halo, Zelda, Kirby, and gears of war on playstation? I know I would like to play a couple of playstation exclusive

guydude3412
guydude3412

I just think you are upset because insomniac betrayed Sony and went to Microsoft

guydude3412
guydude3412

They are. I am not bragging, I just may be why he doesn't like it. Mine craft is also about exploration. This game is already being overhyped. That is a bad sign