Can I annihilate my friends in multiplayer?
Nope. No Man's Sky isn't a massively multiplayer game, nor does it have any sort of competitive play modes. Your dream night of Mountain Dew, nachos, and screaming at your buddies should still be reserved for Call of Duty. Sean Murray, head of No Man Sky producer Hello Games, tweeted this week, "The chances of two players crossing paths in a universe this large is pretty much zero." It might be exactly zero, actually; a couple players tried linking up in the same place, they appeared to exist in different universes. That's a shame.
Really, No Man's Sky feels solitary and quiet early on. It's just you making your way across the galaxy in a tiny ship, and any interactions with traders and random robots are canned and brief. It's not the kind of game you'll play for social or competitive kicks; it's the game you play while curled up on the couch in blankets, free from the demands of humans.