Hello Games’ massive procedural space exploration sim No Man’s Sky will come to the Xbox One later this year, following its summer 2016 launch on the PC and PS4, the company announced this morning.
The 505 Games-published port, which will include 4K and HDR graphics support on the Xbox One X, will follow what Hello Games founder Sean Murray calls “by far our biggest update so far” to the game, called No Man’s Sky NEXT . Hello Games isn’t detailing what specifically will be included in the upcoming free update, due to launch this summer, save for the few screenshots shown above.
“We are calling this No Man’s Sky NEXT because it is an important next step in a journey for No Man’s Sky , for Hello Games, and for our devoted community,” Murray said in a press release. “This journey is far from over, and it’s exciting to be working again on something you know will surprise people.”
NEXT will be the fourth major post-launch update to No Man’s Sky, which largely failed to live up to galaxy-sized expectations at its August 2016 launch. Those post-launch updates, though, have rounded out the game with important features like base-building, improved in-game photography, joint exploration , and an expanded “campaign” story to help guide players through a near-limitless cosmos.
“Really, thanks to the community, each previous update for No Man’s Sky has been more successful than the last,” Murray said in an e-mail to Ars Technica. Calling last year’s Atlas Rises update “a real inflection point” for the game, Murray said, “this team has never stopped running at sprint pace over the last few years, so perhaps it would have been tempting to stop after that. Surprisingly, though, it had the opposite effect on this team, and it emboldened us all to go further and faster.”
“We’ve learned a lot over the last few years, faster than we would have liked,” Murray continued. “I’d love to avoid talking completely and just make things people can play, but we knew this was going to leak anyway, and I think it’s news that should make a lot of folks happy.”