It's been a long time coming, but No Man's Sky is finally going to be made available to Xbox One owners. The space exploration title was wowing players with pre-release footage as far back as December 2013, when Hello Games caught the eye of the gaming public with a stunning demo at the VGX Awards. With Sony supporting the release of the game, No Man's Sky was then set for a PS4 and PC release in 2016, and quickly became one of the most anticipated games of the year.
Unfortunately, the launch No Man's Sky did not quite live up to its sky high expectations, in spite of attempts to dampen the hype. Although the game did deliver a huge universe to explore, it seemed barren and solitary for players who were hoping for something much more substantial, and it ended up being one of the most divisive game releases for some time. Since then, the game has been through numerous updates, transforming No Man's Sky into something quite different.
However, there's still room for No Man's Sky to expand, and part of this comes in the form of moving onto a brand new platform. The Hello Games-developed title is going to be released on Xbox One courtesy of 505 Games, who will be distributing the retail release of the game for Xbox One. The Xbox One launch of the game will also be arriving soon, with the title due to drop later this year.
As well as this, No Man's Sky is going be receiving another major update to its gameplay. Dubbed No Man's Sky NEXT, this further free update will increase the amount of content that No Man's Sky players can enjoy, and will be available across all platforms including the Xbox One release. "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," explained Hello Games founder Sean Murray.
The additional content released for No Man's Sky has gone a long way to solve some of the perceived issues with the game, with the last pack Atlas Rising adding enhancements such as story and multiplayer development. In the eyes of those that have stuck with the game, this update in particular has helped build the game into something near to the pre-release perceptions of the title, and if No Man's Sky NEXT can build on that then the game could be a formidable one.
That said, it remains to be seen whether Xbox One users will flock to the game on release. The updates so far have transformed the title, and some may argue that the game's expectations were mismanaged rather than the launch version of the game being poor. However, those memories of major retailers offering refunds for the initial release and the game even being investigated for false advertising will stick around for a long time. It may be a big universe, but it's unlikely to be large enough to shake off that bad reputation.