Recently the developers of the sci-fi sandbox No Man’s Sky have released their ambitious update titled Next. Among the many new features like graphics improvement, it brings in the long-awaited multiplayer component to the game. However, not everything is as sunny as it seems: while the owners of the Steam version of the game are already enjoying the team play, those who have purchased the game via GOG are not able to do so. While it features the rest of the new features, multiplayer is absent from GOG version of the game.
The developers have made a comment about the situation:
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.
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.
While Hello Games is figuring out the situation, the digital distributor is offering an extended refund policy for the game:
Although Hello Games chose not to offer refunds over missing game content to our users and instead promised to bring the missing multiplayer content later this year, we understand that some of you might not be willing to wait. For this reason, entirely at GOG’s own cost, we’re offering an extended refund policy for all owners of No Man’s Sky. Even if your purchase is no longer covered by the 30-Day Money Back Guarantee, you can contact our customer support team and we’ll issue a refund in wallet funds.
This extended refund policy applies to all owners of No Man’s Sky on GOG.COM who request the refund by this Sunday, July 29, 10:00 PM UTC.