No Man's Sky Confirmed for PC, Is a PS4 Timed Exclusive

PC owners will get to experience the infinite world of No Man's Sky, as well.

No Man's Sky details have slowly emerged since its announcement in December 2013. We've gotten a look at the gameplay, heard about the game's infinite world, and seen the game's procedural generation at work. But developer Hello Games has been quiet about which platforms the game would release on. We knew it was coming to the PlayStation 4, but how about the PC?

Now we know that No Man's Sky will, in fact, launch on PC--although not right away. In the September issue of Edge, the game is confirmed to be a timed PS4 exclusive and will be released on computers at a later date.

Hello Games' Sean Murray explained to Edge that working with the PS4 shaped how the team approached design, control, and performance. "I actually got in a bit of trouble for saying that we wanted the game to feel really 'console-y,'" Murray explained. "We've always had PC in mind but in my head [console-y] means solid framerate and immediate controls. I think a PC game can be 'console-y' and it's intended as a compliment, but I get in trouble for saying it."

Hello Games deliberately chose to lead with the PS4, as well. Its reasons encompass more than just limited resources, as well. Murray stated that focusing on the PS4 hardware gave the team the ability to maximize its procedural generation algorithms to make the environments as vivid and full as possible. "Unlike most games, the actual hardware really affects what we can do in terms of the richness of the worlds and things like that," he said. "It isn't just adding a veneer of resolution, or extra antialiasing options. It has a real effect on what we can actually do in the universe."

No Man's Sky launches in 2015. Last month, we featured it as our Next Big Game, and you can check out our extensive coverage here. Although you will primarily be playing alone in the world, you'll meet other players as well, and there will eventually be traditional multiplayer in the game.

We've contacted Hello Games to clarify the details of No Man's Sky's timed exclusivity, and we'll update the story if we receive new information.

Which platform will you play No Man's Sky on? Let us know in the comments!

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sirchick
sirchick

I still think its going to be a massive disappointment. After 5 minutes of "oh look thats a nice looking planet due to procedural generation" i suspect i'll then look at the game features and think "wtf is the point of all this?"

sirchick
sirchick

I'm happy to wait. You'd have to be pretty materialistic and petty to fork out money just to get the game early for no real reason. Plus itll be cheaper on PC :)

Staryoshi87
Staryoshi87

This is one of the many timed exclusives I'll be waiting for on PC (GTA V, No Man's Sky, Galak-Z)

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

Didn't Sony just have a big PR jab to MS's back saying they don't buy exclusives?


MS timed Tomb Raider = Evil
Sony timed No Man's Sky = Good


Seems fair.

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

Didn't Sony just have a big PR jab to MS's back saying they don't buy exclusives?


MS timed Tomb Raider = Evil
Sony timed No Man's Sky = Good


Seems fair.

RabbiSchmuley
RabbiSchmuley

What was shown looked cool, Oldtoble made a good point about it though...as big as it might be you may run through its cache quickly. 

What plays suspect is that the tech demo portion was very tightly scripted and only lasted less than 2minutes...

oldtobie
oldtobie

I have extremely low expectations for this game.  I bet it will feel like Minecraft.

JJRUDD
JJRUDD

I was kinda looking forward to living in a cave for a while but it sounds like that won't be particularly encouraged. Boo. 

Must reserve judgement till more details are made public though - glad to hear him say that it's not an 'ambient experience' where you only observe...I would prefer to hear him say that your actions effect the 'universe' in persistent ways...

OleVolsing1
OleVolsing1

I don't know..... When I read about wanting to get the game to feel consoley with steady framerates and immediate controls I thought oh no not a console ported PC game again!I think of Skyrim which is just that,a console ported game.

On the plus side it won't be a social online game but a classical design with a solo campaign and an optional mutiplayer game.I'd like to leave a message to game developers everywhere:do a decent dedicated PC version instead of a cross platform release.If you mean anything by still commited to PC(In paticular I'm thinking about the next elder scrolls game)

A final suggestion to game design:instead of just a seperate capture the flag multiplayer mode make it possible to play both campaign and multiplayer the same way.Meaning that you should be able to play the campaign in solo mode as well as multiplayer.You can then add capture the flag mode and whatever it's called.



slappy54
slappy54

Meh. It looks so consol-ey. I'll be playing Star Citizen.

Horndawgie
Horndawgie

Nice... now there is no reason to get a PS4, even though I can find them cheap all day long. I saw one for 330 on local Craigslist. People finally getting a clue that the Sony hype train has derailed.

bookfiend
bookfiend

Finally, an open-world PC game without levels, missions, or getting meleed in the back every time I spawn. Now I can play a game without frustration and actually enjoy it. 

McGregor
McGregor

This is one of the games from the Sony conference that I really wished was coming to PC. Glad to see that it is; the PC is an excellent fit for this title.

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

So the best PS4 exclusive of the year is easily going to be TLOU 1.1? Save your money until 2015 kids nothing to see here. Indie games are always going to be on PC, which is why it's disingenuous  to pimp them out as exclusives for a console lol.

UberZano
UberZano

can't wait to mod the crap out of this :)

Gencic
Gencic

This could be the first indie game I buy.

jemoedr
jemoedr

Now i hope it gets steamworkshop support :D

khankalili
khankalili

Now all we have to worry about is the port to PC... that's never gone wrong in the past has it?

KiriharaZro
KiriharaZro

The "great" exclusivities the PS4 has to offer, even in indie games its garbage

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

So will this make it to Xbox One at some point?

BladeManEXE
BladeManEXE

Didn't we know this was going to be on PC when it was first announced in 2013? I'd swear it was said back then.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

I just really don't like how Sony treated as a PS exclusive when it's not. It's not just Sony, even Microsoft does it. Its either exclusive or not, simple. It's flat out lie in my opinion.

sirchick
sirchick

@bdrtfm Not only did Sony not buy the exclusive (it was developer choice). MS's timed exclusive, initially everyone thought was in fact an actual proper exclusive. Now that we know Tomb Raider is not any thing more than a timed exclusive - no one cares about it.

Also No Man Sky is a new ip its not being "taken" away from fans... where as Tomb Raider's announcement felt like it was forgetting its fans and only caring about pushing sales on Xbox (of which far less people own compared to the ps4 and PC).

jaromor
jaromor

@bdrtfm  Sony did not buy the exclusive. It is a decision of Hello Games, as is pretty clear from the article.

nyqa
nyqa

@oldtobie How do you think No Mans Sky will feel like Minecraft? Minecraft is all about crafting and building. No Mans Sky has none of those elements.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@oldtobie And that's a bad thing? I look out at the horizon from my castle ramparts and am filled with both wonder and amazement.

junoh315
junoh315

@JJRUDD Personally, I just want to play it as a single player.  :/

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@OleVolsing1 There is no seperation of single and multiplayer. It's just that the game is so vast you will hardly ever meet anyone.

junoh315
junoh315

@rickphoenixxx TLoU isn't even a real PS4 exclusive.  It's also on the PS3.  The only confirmed exclusives this year are inFAMOUS Second Son and DriveClub if I remember correctly.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@khankalili It was initially intended as a PC game, until they partnered with Sony, as I understand it. In all likelihood, it's probably being developed for both, rather than reworked for PC down the line. So not exactly a port.

jemoedr
jemoedr

@KiriharaZro This is a great game. And besides, if you don't like it, don't buy it....

Khasym
Khasym

@Gamer_4_Fun @RSM-HQ RSM has it right. It was shown during Sony's conference, but...when IS there a PC conference at E3?

oldtobie
oldtobie

Minecraft doesn't FEEL like crafting and building. It feels like a large, empty, and very bland/repeating landscape. Every New seed will be the same basic rolling green hills adjacent to some jungle adjacent to some tundra etc. Yeah, it's never identical, but rarely does a randomized seed blow anyone away with some insanely complex and intriguing formation (albeit this happens occasionally).

The game will not play like Minecraft, but it undoubtedly will have the same element that drove me from the game, and that's a lack of interesting content. You get to a point where you've seen what the randomizer can do. It gets boring pretty fast, and this is even more the case with a game that doesn't allow that same universal ability to interact with and fully modify the world.

The game encourages exploration, so that just means the content will repeat that much faster when compared to a game that encourages building and spacial establishment.

oldtobie
oldtobie

For me it is. I can't stand minecraft.

jemoedr
jemoedr

@parrot_of_adun @khankalili Hmmm, the way i see it they wanted a console game, but where also thinking of a PC release.


As stated in the article: ""I actually got in a bit of trouble for saying that we wanted the game to feel really 'console-y,'" Murray explained."

KiriharaZro
KiriharaZro

@jemoedr 

Learn to read, I never say it wasn't a good game, I say even in indie games PS4 is garbage because that lack of exclusivities

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

@RSM-HQ just like destiny, it is treated as an exclusive when it's not. Its a new thing which is all in rage these days, you show a third party game only on that system leading up to the release, and the developers aren't even allowed to speak out clearly for which platforms this is available on in many cases. It's very misleading to consumers, a simple yes and which systems would ahve been suffice.

Khasym
Khasym

@KiriharaZro @RSM-HQ I'm not really getting this. Does exclusivity really matter that much? I mean, I'm sad that I'm gonna miss Insomniac Games' Sunset Overdrive because it's an X-1 exclusive(I'm a 360 defector to the PS4), but that's not making me rush out and buy an X-1 because of it. If a game isn't on a system I own, I don't see it as a loss for me. It's my money they're not getting, it's my praise they won't have. The game maker made the choice, I can only hope it results in profit for them.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@Gamer_4_Fun I think your taking speculation to a personal level. Who says Sony paid them for silence? You've been reading to many public articles fella. 

KiriharaZro
KiriharaZro

@Khasym 

Exclusivities made a console bright over its competitors, thats why the PS2 was king in its generation, why I want a console that have the same games in the other one?