It is not possible to see other players in No Man’s Sky, even if they are on the same planet. The players of the newly released game have actually been wondering if this was possible for a pretty long time.
This was confirmed when a player named TheSadCactus landed on a planet which had already been discovered by another player named Psytokat. After finding this out, TheSadCactus immediately sent a message to the other player and tried to meet up at a specific location to see what might happen. Both of the players were streaming their progress in the game on Twitch when they tried to make contact with each other.
Much to their disappointment, the experiment yielded negative results. Both the players weren’t able to see each other on the planet, or even in a neighboring space station. Even changes they made to the planet weren’t reflected on the other player’s perspective.
This was almost expected by various observers of the game prior to its release. However, during an interview with Game Informer back in 2014, Sean Murray, the lead designer of the game, gave some hope to the players that they might run into one another while traveling in No Man’s Sky. The idea, however, was latter scrapped it seems.
Murray also tried to dodge a bullet earlier this week by ‘clarfying’ that No Man’s Sky wasn’t a multiplayer game.
To be super clear – No Man’s Sky is not a multiplayer game. Please don’t go in looking for that experience.
— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) August 8, 2016
So, it is now crystal clear that the possibility of running into other players in No Man’s Sky is null and that’s sure to dampen some player’s spirits.