So how does the game handle two players being in the same area?
When you and another player are in the same area, unlikely as it is given the scale of a universe, with planets that can be the size of Earth or bigger, you’ll be placed in the same lobby – in this lobby data is shared. The terrain one player blows up is visible on the other players machine, and so on and so forth.
Sounds sweet, so my friend can see all the lewd things I’ve drawn in the sand? Nice.
Yes, but don’t expect much more than that. No Man’s Sky at its heart is a single player experience, it’s just set in a multiplayer universe. You can find your friends, but there’s no interaction to be had, no trading, no messaging system, etc. you can kill them if you’d like – but that wouldn’t accomplish much if you’re after a co-operative experience.
However, don’t give up hope – the developers at Hello Games have expressed interest in some basic multiplayer features, if enough people want it, and the game sells well enough to warrant continued development, we may see a co-operative multiplayer with a bit more depth. Another one of these wishes is ground vehicles, but currently, you’ll be scampering around on your own two legs.
You can be sure that if this is a hit, the developers will be continuing to support it, they’ve expressed this several times in interviews.