Hello Games has announced that its sprawling space romp No Man's Sky will be released for Xbox One on July 24 in the US and July 27 in Europe.

This is all part of a major new push for Sean Murray's ambitious title, which will see the introduction of multiplayer for the first time in a major update, called No Man's Sky Next. 

Those of you who already own the game on PlayStation 4 and PC will be able to download it for free.

Meanwhile, the Xbox One version of No Man's Sky will include all the goodies featured in the Next update plus three other expansions: Foundation, Pathfinder, and Atlas Rises, as well as a bunch of smaller patches.

'Multiplayer completely changes the No Man’s Sky experience, it’s emergent, fun and intense in ways we always wanted it to be. I’m so happy this is finally happening,' commented Murray. 'It is genuinely exciting to be able to fully realise the potential so many people could see in No Man’s Sky. This will be our biggest update yet and we’re pumped to be bringing Xbox players along on the journey with us now too.'

No Man's Sky was originally released in August 2016 for PS4, though was heavily criticised for failing to deliver everything that Murray had promised in the years leading up to launch.

Despite all its problems, Sony's Shuhei Yoshida said he was 'super happy' with the end result.