The big picture: No Man's Sky was a flop when it launched but in the two and a half years since, Hello Games has worked tirelessly to improve the title and it has shown. We still don't know much about the update, but we do know that it won't be ready until this coming summer. Beyond will be a merge of all of these three updates, to create a more intense experience, all linked together. Following their NEXT update that went live previous year, attitudes about the Hello Games title made a dramatic shift for the better, but that's just the start. 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.
Like Next, No Man's Sky Beyond is a free update that's actually multiple smaller updates rolled into one. At launch, it might as well have been singleplayer, and even now that it lets you join forces with other players, there are quite a few limitations that create frustrating roadblocks. Murray promised that "these changes are an answer to how we have seen people playing since the release of Next".
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Introducing No Man's Sky: Beyond. Beyond will be our most ambitious chapter so far, and something we've been working ridiculously hard on. We'll continue to support No Man's Sky in this way for the foreseeable future.
In the press release, Murray said that each update to No Man's Sky has been more successful than the last, Next especially so.
If Beyond can do for No Man's Sky what NEXT did, then this charming space adventure might just be a genre-defining space sandbox of exploration and creation.