No Man’s Sky’s NEXT update is now live and brings multiplayer to everyone except those who purchased the game on GOG.
A few days ago we got a brief preview of what to expect from No Man’s Sky’s ambitions NEXT patch, but the biggest thing people have been clamoring for was definitely multiplayer. Suddenly the dark, lonely skies of No Man’s Sky would be populated by other, equally lonely people.
And that was indeed the case for anyone who bought the game on Steam, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4. If you were one of the many players who purchased the game on GOG, the DRM-free digital distribution platform, then you got everything from the NEXT update except multiplayer.
GOG and Hello Games, the developers of No Man’s Sky, issued a joint statement regarding the lack of multiplayer in the update:
"From launch, the DRM-free edition of No Man's Sky will include all single-player content introduced by NEXT: third-person mode, upgraded visuals, better base building, player customization, and more,” the statement began, but then the hammer dropped. “However the multiplayer component will not be ready at launch; we expect it to be released later this year as full multiplayer parity remains in the pipeline.”
For GOG gamers, it was like the disappointment of No Man’s Sky’s initial release all over again. The uproar was fast and furious. GOG had to do something, and they did--by offering people their money back for a game that some of them purchased years ago.
That’s right: for a limited time, any GOG owned copy of No Man’s Sky can be returned for a full refund. The offer will last until Sunday, July 29th, at 10 PM UTC, after which if you’re still upset about the lack of multiplayer then you’re just out of luck.
Contact GOG customer service to request your refund.
Just so GOG gamers don’t feel too bad, many people on Xbox, PC, and PlayStation 4 are reporting that the NEXT update has corrupted their save files and forced them to restart their games. A hotfix has been scheduled for later today to fix the issue, so don’t delete your save files just yet if you find yourself waking up on an alien planet with a busted spaceship.