No Man’s Sky, the huge open-universe exploration game that has continued to expand since release, recently came to Xbox Game Pass. It’s been a bit over a month since the game joined the service, and according to programmer Sean Murray it’s led to a huge increase in players.

Posting to Xbox News about the game’s Desolation update and the addition of crossplay to the game, Murray has revealed that a huge number of new players has joined the game through Game Pass.

“Last month we welcomed over a million new players into No Man’s Sky by virtue of Xbox Game Pass and the Windows 10 release,” he writes. “This, together with our cross-play update, meant that we are seeing some of our biggest ever in-game numbers, all playing together regardless of their gaming platform.”

Murray calls this huge boost in players “genuinely humbling.”

We’ve reviewed No Man’s Sky three times as the game has received updates and improved, and its current iteration earned a 9/10. “The drastic improvements made to No Man’s Sky in its Beyond expansion are the new gold standard for how to gracefully cope with a game’s flaws post-release,” wrote reviewer Justin Clark.

Source: Gaming – Game Spot

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