No Man’s Sky: How to join friends for multiplayer co-op

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A player looking at a Starship at a Space Station in No Man's Sky.

Though the game has been around for a while, it finally has a release on the Nintendo Switch, and players are wondering if they can play No Man’s Sky multiplayer on the platform.

In No Man's Sky, there is an abundance of interstellar systems for you to explore. You can choose whether you wish to take down space pirates or research and explore various terrains, and the opportunities to fight and explore are endless. At times, this can be overwhelming or even lonely, so you may wish to invite or join a friend to explore space with you during some multiplayer co-op.

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With No Man's Sky finally available on the Nintendo Switch, check out some more guides to help you travel the galaxy on a new platform - here's where to find Tritium, and Paraffinium, and how to increase your ship's storage.

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How to play No Man's Sky multiplayer

Players can invite or join a friend in No Man's Sky by selecting Network under the Options tab in the main menu.

The easiest way to join up with a friend and play multiplayer co-op in No Man's Sky is by joining their game directly or having them join yours. To do this, ensure that you're online and head to the 'Options' tab in your main menu, then select 'Network'.

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From here, you can adjust the settings of your own game and then invite others to play. Select 'View No Man's Sky Friend List' to view your friends, and you can then invite whomever you wish from the list. If you're playing on console, your console friends will also be available to invite, and so forth.

If you're looking to invite someone who is not already on your friends list, simply select 'View No Man's Sky Friend Code' to reveal your unique friend code. Give this to a friend so that they can add you, or alternatively select 'Add No Man's Sky Friend' to input their code and add them. Once this has been done, no accepting or declining of friends is necessary, and you will be able to then join each other's games and play co-op together.

Can you play No Man's Sky co-op on the Nintendo Switch?

Unfortunately, despite No Man's Sky releasing with all updates and DLC bundled in on the Switch version, there is no multiplayer option. It is unclear whether this will be added in future.

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The Space Anomaly and multiplayer missions

The Space Anomaly and Priest Entity Nada, a nexus that acts as a multiplayer hub for players and functions similarly to a Space Station, in No Man's Sky.

The Space Anomaly acts as a nexus that is a multiplayer hub for players seeking to play co-op. Similarly to a Space Station, you can use Vendors and go on missions. However, this time, you can speak to real players and not just alien races. The Space Anomaly does need unlocking before it can be accessed, and this will take approximately 5-6 hours of following the main quest line – Awakenings.

After encountering the Anomaly, you will need to investigate various signals and go to coordinates around the system before ultimately unlocking the Space Anomaly. Once you have unlocked the multiplayer area, you can access it from any interstellar system you're in.

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In the Space Anomaly, you can then choose to take part in multiplayer co-op missions by visiting the Job Board. You'll then be able to select whether you want to play in a public or private party and choose which type of activity you want to do for the mission. Once the mission is set up, you and your friends are good to go and continue exploring space and reaping rewards for doing so.

There are many activities you can embark on with friends in No Man's Sky, and that's everything you need to know about joining up with them and completing missions together. For more on No Man's Sky, check out our general tips and tricks, as well as how to get a pet companion to accompany you when a friend isn't available.