It’s been a long time coming but today we can finally say No Man’s Sky VR is real.
Developer Hello Games announced the title today on Sony’s State of Play broadcast. This version of the game is coming to Sony’s PSVR headset. We’ve also confirmed it’s coming to SteamVR headsets as well at the exact same time.
A few weeks ago Hello Games announced No Man’s Sky Beyond. It’s the latest update to the game that will introduce three core components. For starters, the team is revamping multiplayer into No Man’s Sky Online. It looks like VR is one of those other additions. We don’t know what the other will be. The update launches in Summer 2019.
In an email to UploadVR, Hello Games founder Sean Murray explained:
“I guess it’s not a huge surprise, but all of the team here is in love with everything sci-fi. Virtual reality feels like a little science fiction become real, and has always seemed like a perfect fit for this futuristic game of ours. It’s completely unique to land on a world that no-one has ever seen before and to really feel as if you’re there, and the team has worked so hard to make this a true VR experience rather than a port.
No Man’s Sky Virtual Reality is not a separate mode, but the entire game brought to life in virtual reality. Anything that is possible in No Man’s Sky, NEXT or any other update is ready and waiting as an immersive and enriched VR experience.
No Man’s Sky Virtual Reality, like all the parts of Beyond, will be free to existing players. However, we’re excited to announce that the release of Beyond will see an exclusive retail release of the game on PlayStation 4. This physical edition will come with the base game, VR support, and every update so far, including Beyond.
No Man’s Sky Virtual Reality will bring the experience to PlayStation VR and Steam VR, and will be released simultaneously on both platforms.”
This update will be the full game, unhindered. Players will also be in the same game world as all non-VR players and you can use your same exact save files. It’s a free update.
No Man’s Sky VR has been rumored for a long time. Speculation came to ahead last year when Hello Games ran an alternate reality game (ARG) campaign that heavily hinted at VR support. We had assumed support would be announced the following E3 but it’s taken a little longer.
The game first released in 2016. It’s a first-person survival experience in which players explore an entire universe of procedurally generated planets. Players make their way to the center of the universe, upgrading their ships and weapons along the way. During launch the game came under fire for a lack of features but, since then, Hello Games has been issuing massive free updates. These have added features like multiplayer, terraforming, base building, and more.
Naturally, we’re really excited to see No Man’s Sky VR finally announced. We’ve long thought the game made perfect sense for VR. Let us know what you think down in the comments below!
Editor’s Note: We’ve included details on the SteamVR PC version and new screenshots.