In short: In the history of the game, titles were able to generate as much spraying before they crashed as hard as No Man's Sky. But now, about 22 months ago, it was released to almost universal condemnation, the space research sims have thrown the odds and climbed to the top of the steam maps, all thanks to the next update.
Back in 2016, the expectation of No Man's Sky was so high that developing Hello Games received death threats when a week delay was announced. The game proved to be very popular at launch and hit over 212,000 simultaneous players on Steam, but that number dropped drastically as people found it impossible to match their pre-release videos and lacked important elements such as multiplayer.
While not everyone hated the game, many felt that they had been lied to over what it offered. A large number of buyers began to claim refunds, while the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) received 23 complaints that "the game content was not as depicted or described." The fallout caused Valve to ban bullshots from his Steam list, and No Man's Sky was regularly upset by social media. Just over a month after it came, simultaneous player numbers fell to less than 1
But despite the setback, Hello Games and founder, Sean Murray, never play No Man's Sky and publishes more Updates (Foundation, Path Finder, and Atlas Rises) that improved the game by adding elements such as base buildings and landscapes. But it was last week's fourth and biggest update, Next, which changed everything.
With so many new features and graphical overlays, Next has not hit No Man's Sky into the game people expected in 2016. In addition, it's without doubt the most critical aspect has now been fully implemented: multiplayer. The update has seen NMS climb to the top of the steam charts and is currently the seventh most popular game on the platform, with 90,651 simultaneous players today (at the time of writing). In addition, Steam reviews have moved from Mixed to Very Positive, with 82 percent of user reviews in the last 30 days as positive.
It has been quite a journey for No Man's Sky, one that proves how endurance and endurance can pay off in the end.