This is the next update to NMS that will be coming out this summer, it will be free to existing owners of the game and it looks like it is going to have more multiplayer features and some other features not mentioned yet.
I will tip the hat to Hello Games for the support around their game and listening to the players. I think this game is getting close to what I imagined it to be back in 2016. I hope to pick this up during the Steam sale happening in the summer.
They said online was just one of the major updates to the game so maybe they will be fixing some of your concerns with the game… Do I personally care about online play, not really. That’s not a huge selling point for me, I would like to see more world interaction if that makes sense and maybe they already have it…. but would like to see more quests that could take you to various places that promotes exploration.
Like quests that make you get involved with other races like making a decision to help or not to help and have there be a consequence in your decision.
Article from PC Gamer https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/no-mans-sky-vr-hands-on/ about the upcoming VR update but it mentions in passing that they have made the aliens in the space station move around, now here hoping that they give each race their own distinct station interiors.
Vid here from the man himself talking about all three updates, sound like you will still be able to turn the multiplayer features off, but does not say so out right in the vid.
Also talks about the 3rd part of the update which seems to be expanding on the core features and updating the game to version 2. no mention of doing anything with the space sections of the game which still remain the worst part of the game.