No Man’s Sky Switch Version Won’t Have Multiplayer at Launch

Like the original version, it seems that No Man’s Sky’s latest port won’t let players explore the stars together, at least for now.

No Man’s Sky is often touted as one of the greatest redemption arcs in gaming history. Initially, while Hello Games had promised much with its space-faring survival title, it had failed to deliver on almost all of it, causing a major backlash from the video game community. Fans were infuriated when No Man’s Sky first dropped back in 2016. However, in the following years, the developers have added consistent free updates, expanding on the game and bringing multiple versions of No Man’s Sky to the Xbox One, PS5, and Xbox Series X.


The latest console to receive a No Man’s Sky port is the Nintendo Switch. To have a vast, explorative experience in the handheld design of the Switch is something that Hello Games’ Sean Murray says “feels both completely natural and also totally improbable at the same time.” To have a game as big as No Man’s Sky work on a console less powerful than a PS4 is no mean feat, especially with all the previous updates for the game coming to the new version as well.

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However, something that will notably be missing from No Man’s Sky on the Switch is multiplayer. Introduced back in 2018, multiplayer was something that had at first been promised to be part of the No Man’s Sky experience, but was absent in the aforementioned poorly received launch. This means that No Man’s Sky on Switch will be a single-player experience, but for anyone concerned that this situation is an echo of the game’s original launch, all major updates to the survival title will be added in the port when it drops in October.

There is also the possibility that multiplayer could come to the Switch port of No Man’s Sky later down the road, as Hello Games has stated that it will continue to provide updates and expand on the game following release. There’s no official word on when or if multiplayer will arrive, but even if it doesn’t feature in the Switch port of No Man’s Sky, there are still plenty of things for players to do. From making alien allies to combating pirate invasions in the recent Outlaws update for No Man’s Skyit is unlikely a player faring the galaxy alone will be bored immediately.

Alongside the release of the Nintendo Switch port of No Man’s Sky, a physical PS5 release of the game will drop on the same date. This will be the first time since 2019 that a player will be able to buy a copy of No Man’s Sky at a physical retailer. Also, when Sony’s PS VR2 releases, No Man’s Sky will be available on that platform as well, showing that even six years after release the game is still in demand.

No Man’s Sky releases on October 7, 2022, for Nintendo Switch and is available now for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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