Yesterday, Reddit user TheGalacticCactus planned to meet up with Twitch streamer Psytokat on the same planet in No Man’s Sky. Despite being in the same spot on the same planet, albeit at different times in-game, they couldn’t see each other, leading people to believe that No Man’s Sky doesn’t have multiplayer after all.
Although Hello Games Founder Sean Murray didn’t come right and say No Man’s Sky allows you to see every other player in the same area, he did seem to suggest that server issues made the two players unable to cross paths:
Two players finding each other on a stream in the first day – that has blown my mind.
We added a ‘scan for other players’ in the Galactic Map to try to encourage this happening. We wanted it to happen – but the first day?
We want people to be aware they are in a shared universe. We added online features, and some Easter Eggs to create cool moments.
We hope to see those happening… but too many of you are playing right now. More than we could have predicted.
It is a testament to how amazing our network coders are that Discoveries are still working at all.
Murray also suggested earlier this week that you’ll be able to see other players, saying, “To be super clear – No Man’s Sky is not a multiplayer game. Please don’t go in looking for that experience. The chances of two players ever crossing paths in a universe this large is pretty much zero.”
As some have guessed, it’s possible TheGalacticCactus and Psytokat were on different servers when they tried to meetup.
In an update today, TheGalacticCactus said they’ll try to find Psytokat again when the servers are more stable.
Showing just how popular No Man’s Sky is so far, Murray tweeted yesterday that players were already at one million discoveries per hour. 12 hours later, he said, “Over night we hit 10 million species discovered in NMS… that’s more than has been discovered on Earth. WHAT IS GOING ON!!!”
Have you seen any other players while exploring in No Man’s Sky?