It's a great week to rediscover No Man's Sky, particularly if you were holding out for multiplayer. Unless you bought the DRM-free version of the game.
In a post on the official GOG forums and the GOG Galaxy client, Hello Games has revealed that the DRM-free version of No Man's Sky — which is available through the CD Projekt Red-owned storefront GOG — won't get the multiplayer portion of the Next update until later this year.
"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," a statement from Hello Games says.
"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."
No Man's Sky isn't the first game to delay features to the DRM-free version of its game, although at least GOG owners will get the multiplayer eventually. And all of the singleplayer content that came with the Next update is live for GOG users. But the notice is a reminder of why Steam is still the default point of purchase for a lot of PC games: users don't have to worry about not getting key features at the same time as everyone else.