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Caveat Emptor: The GOG version of No Man’s Sky doesn’t have multiplayer yet

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The much-anticipated No Man’s Sky NEXT Update is out, finally bringing the game’s many promised features to the ambitious space sim. There’s an awful lot that’s been added to the game; so much so that it could almost be considered a full-blown sequel. One of the features that has most people excited to dip back in is the addition of multiplayer. And it works! Unless you bought the game from GOG.

While the GOG version of the game has received the great content update, its missing the multiplayer bits completely. GOG released a statement saying as much, but only did so 13 hours ago.

“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 customisation, and more.

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 a small, independent studio, developing the feature across multiple platforms is a hugely ambitious and technical challenge which resulted in this delayed release. Hello Games is however joining forces with GOG.COM to introduce full multiplayer via the GOG Galaxy platform.

We appreciate your immense support and patience.”

There’s no real word on when players can expect the multiplayer, but it should be along later this year. Customers are rightly incensed, as they should have been informed of this ages ago.

It may have something to do with GOG being steadfastly against DRM, and the game probably requiring some sort of authentication for its multiplayer. On steam, it just uses Steamworks to facilitate matchmaking. It’s not available to third parties, and GOG has no comparable framework.

I can’t imagine that’d be trivial to solve. Either way, the Steam, PS4 and now Xbox One versions all have the multiplayer bits.

GOG does have a habit of getting patches for games later than Steam, which makes it not quite the best place to buy newer games. The Gog Galaxy client is also lacking a bit. It’s a lovely place to buy older games that have been retooled to work on modern machines, but I’d probably steer away from the service for newer games.

Last Updated: July 25, 2018

20 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief

    July 25, 2018 at 14:15

    GOG galaxy is really not great

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  2. Original Heretic

    July 25, 2018 at 14:50

    Being out of the PC gaming thing for a while now, I was even AWARE that GOG did new games. I mean, doesn’t their moniker stand for Good Old Games?
    Meh, whatever, doesn’t affect me one bit.

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    • Kromas

      July 25, 2018 at 14:52

      They are owned by the company who makes the Witcher. Witcher 3 physical copies were exclusive to GoG. My collectors Edition was a huge waste as I had to buy the game again on steam just so it works in a playable state.

      GoG is terrible with their platform.

      The old games do however work well.

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      • Geoffrey Tim

        July 25, 2018 at 15:12

        I bought Witcher 3 digitally on GoG. Big mistake.

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        • Kromas

          July 25, 2018 at 15:14

          Yep … I had no choice because I wanted the statue.

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        • BakedBagel

          July 26, 2018 at 09:15

          Why was it a mistake?

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          • Geoffrey Tim

            July 26, 2018 at 09:57

            Well, it was nice in that CDPR got all of my money – but Galaxy is a horrible client. Yes, i can nix galaxy, and run it standalone, but I like having a central hub for my games. Also, the way that GOG games udpate is awkward and annoying.

          • BakedBagel

            July 26, 2018 at 10:19

            While majority of my friends are on steam, i have no reason to keep it open or running etc, meh, developers getting 100% of my sale is reason enough.

          • miaau

            July 26, 2018 at 11:14

            yes and yes.

            For the older games, sure, but…… No. They need to work a bit on the client, some small changes would go a long way toward providing a better experience.

  3. Kromas

    July 25, 2018 at 14:55

    Is NMS worth it at it’s current steam sale special price?

    AFAF.

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    • Pariah

      July 25, 2018 at 15:06

      With this update, it’s worth its full price.

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      • Kromas

        July 25, 2018 at 15:15

        No it isn’t worth it’s full price ever because of what they did.

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        • Pariah

          July 25, 2018 at 15:25

          That’s a little too black & white for me. There’s always a path to redemption, and Hello Games certainly took that path, and did it well. They’ve earned it, through a wall of vitriol and hate, they toiled and worked and made it the game they dreamed, the game they promised. They didn’t do the easy thing and quit. No, they worked and made it better. No better apology than that.

          They earned it. It’s worth the full price.

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          • Kromas

            July 25, 2018 at 15:28

            For me it is a different thing. If give a company that lied to you your full support you are allowing the EAs and the Activisions to do the exact same thing because we let them. I would never buy this game at full price because I still have to let them know that what they did was wrong.

          • Pariah

            July 25, 2018 at 15:32

            The thing is they know what they did was wrong. They’ve actively worked to make up for it since then. Which is much more than can be said for the EAs and Activisions with their “recurrent consumer spending”. They’re a very different class of company, and that’s based on their actions, not their words. And if you’ve been following NMS, Shaun has actually said very little since the launch failure. He’s instead spoken through updates to the game. Without any recurrent spending, might I add.

          • Kromas

            July 25, 2018 at 15:36

            Look it comes down to preference here. I fully support buying the game now but I am against paying full price. That is my personal opinion.

          • Pariah

            July 25, 2018 at 15:50

            100%. I just think it’s fair to state their case too. 🙂

          • Kromas

            July 26, 2018 at 14:05

            True but this is my take on it basically.

          • miaau

            July 26, 2018 at 11:13

            EA and Activision do not, in some cases at least, work hard to correct a mistake.

            These people did and I think therein does lie a big difference

  4. Kromas

    July 25, 2018 at 15:01

    Any1 play Rend yet?

    Been playing the Alpha and so far it isn’t half bad. Tomorrow I can post some pics and vids cause the media NDA will be over.

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