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No Man's Sky: The Biggest Game World Ever Created?

Billions of worlds, creatures, plants, ships, and possibility. How scale makes No Man's Sky unique.

As gamers we understand the limits of game worlds. We know that those mountains are impassable, that your character can't swim or that your PC couldn't possibly render a city any larger. It doesn't bother us as long as the confines of that world keep us entertained. But, at a certain point the mini map is full, the game feels completed, and you turn off your console.

But what if that world could never be fully explored? What if somewhere in the corner of a galaxy, on the edge of the universe, there could be an alien creature that looks exactly like Hillary Clinton. Sure, it's unlikely, but when a universe is created using math with seemingly random variables, and it's populated by creatures that were conjured from the same, unpredictable system - who's to say that a pack of wild Hillary Clintons aren't foraging somewhere in the dank recesses of an alien jungle?

It's that idea that makes No Man's Sky such an exciting prospect. Not that the former Secretary of State is a four legged herbivore, but that there is always something new and wonderful over the next horizon. And that you could be the first person to see it.

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423 comments
JJRUDD
JJRUDD

I hope that you will be able to make *permanent* changes to this infinite universe.

GRIFFDOGGYDOG
GRIFFDOGGYDOG

Seems like a great, ambitious group of developers.  I have a good feeling that No Mans Sky will make gaming history.

dfernand
dfernand

Will this just be like ECO The Dolphin but set in Space ? I hope not. I hope it has something more. I'm early into the videos etc but it has got me so interested.

psyphonx
psyphonx

Geez, this game sounds too good to be true. Honestly this is the game I've always wanted. Hopefully it is as great as it appears

king_kazma
king_kazma

i love how beautiful this game looks and how it uses a concept no other game today uses, but somehow people are actually going out of there way to bash it and say "oh it won't be that great"

gh0stw4rr10r
gh0stw4rr10r

I'm just afraid it will get repetitive sooner or later. I mean exploring and discovering a unique planet sounds really nice, however, when there are thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions? of them, what is the point; next "unique" planet is just around the corner. Same goes with more aggressive game play, like shooting up NPCs, piracy or bounty hunting; without a dynamic story or a vibrant social interaction to back it up it will end up a grind. 


Adding a strategy element might go nicely within such a massive universe, for example, being able to claim planets, establish colonies, build space ports, and manage your small empire cooperatively or competitively with other players would make it more appealing for me and it all could be done from the first person perspective by delegating most of the decision-making to NPCs. 


Thus, populated regions would form eventually with a nice social interaction, trading, maybe occasional capital ship skirmishes between factions (I always wanted to play a game where you can fight and explore in first person in a fighter, then dock at a cruiser, walk to the bridge, and command a battle from that perspective), etc. while adventurers could go on exploring deep into the unknown territory and recluses could stay in their remote corner of the universe cataloging animal and plant life on their newly discovered planets. 


Anyway, there would be something for anyone.  


However, I'll reserve my final evaluation for the complete product. I hope it turns out great and my doubts are proven unwarranted.

dragonlance01
dragonlance01

I admit, the idea is very great. But let's see if it's gonna be executed well. In other words, will it be backed with a good world-generating algorithm?

losstoney
losstoney

really ... this game is only on ps 4 and pc :D ????? And MS just said they want to be number 1. Cant see it happen with out this game lol :D This is even better then evolve for me. Really cant wait to play this and fly around with a big ass joint and go explore :D hahah

orangesonic
orangesonic

if there is no story, no quest, no real meaning to fight or to pursue... just a big universe maybe not enough

exploration is cool, i love games with great exploration, but i didnt get the point of exploring in this game... may be build a spaceship, but after that, if there is no story at all (at least no info what so ever)... whats the point??

im looking forward to this game, but there is just not enough info =(

sambbk
sambbk

Whats the selling points of the content again?......apart from procedurally generated scale?

chieflion
chieflion

I love all the accents and Irish Charm radiating from the video stream right now. 

What your doing is Magic...

...U to Danny...Entertainment magic...

gajbutler
gajbutler

All you guys are doing is hyping it up to fail, this game would have been so much better if it flew under the radar.

123whatever
123whatever

these guys, their passion, vision, and the very core that makes them come together to piece together a game in THEIR minds, not someone elses... is the very reason i despise EA and UBI. these guys are an example of what gamers have lost, and are struggling to reclaim. cheers to these guys. and cheers Danny, great interview... we need more episodes like this. give a voice to up and coming developers. 

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

That December 2015 release date is a joke, right?

Right!?!?

kevinseandooley
kevinseandooley

This game is right up my alley, I love games where I can really relax and take my sweet time.

G-Legend
G-Legend

I can tell I'm going to love this game. Does it come out this year?

jamlacey
jamlacey

Do you think you will be able to customise your own ship e.g. wings, cockpit etc.

bicelis
bicelis

Come on... It's July 10! Roll the new footage please 

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

Holy crap! I don't know if this is going to be part of a new series in which new games are featured or if it was a one off because you knew the development team, but damn. I really enjoyed the this piece. Everything from the content to the style/editing of the the video. Not to mention breaking up the story in smaller sections. Great work GS, here's to more content that is produced in a similar fashion. 

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

At this point i am happy to see any kind of space game even if "procedurally  generated" really means an infinite amount of same-y content.

Exquisite
Exquisite

It's starting to sound more and more linear.  Intriguing concept, but I'm still skeptical, so I look forward to the next installment in the story!

ignore78
ignore78

i have a ps4, but i dont use it. this mabye the reason i use it more!   this game is perfect for ps4,  if each person has a unique experience, the player can just press share button and share what he or she is experiencing.   or stream everything...

vadagar1
vadagar1

is it 2015 yet...... oh whyyyyyyyyy why is it 2014 *sobs*

perrub
perrub

This might be the game that makes me buy a PS4.

vadagar1
vadagar1

ok watched more vids... so we cant "build" stuff just yet


but what about ships!!! can we have battlecrusiers, corvets, frigets?!! or is it just a starship that fits one?! can we have a crew?! can our friends ride along??!!!!


so MANY QUESTIONS

lizardlava
lizardlava

This game will make me consider both a Playstation for the first time in my life, or rejoining the PC community if a PC version is announced. 

marlobc
marlobc

interesting indeed 

syler4815162342
syler4815162342

I really liked that game reminds me of a little bit of Spore! and as always good games are only Sony Exclusives! i hope they release it for PC too!

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

I am extremely excited about the journey to the center of the universe and everything I will come across in between. I hope the journey as long as a real journey, not few hours, just like the game's scale, a journey that takes a month at least. I really think it will be an incredibly memorable experience. Honestly...I was never been so excited about a game ever since Half-Life 2 was announced :)


Now I just hope this game is available on all major platforms, really sucks that gamers can't play a game they like just because they don't have the hardware to do so. 

RaidersNTime
RaidersNTime

You sound like your an Eve player lol. I share your sediments on that however. The ability to carry out a ground assault. Then take off and take command of a fleet on it's way to assist a convoy of merchant ships. Or to join another command fleet.

Heading into a major battle. Maybe that battle is to protect a planet rich in some rare minerals. Or to backup an alliance planet which is important to your base of operations etc.

This would have epic written all over it. However something tells me this isn't that ambitious. This sounds more like a space sim then anything anywhere on the scale you and I would like.

It could be fun but I agree with others. There is only so much you can do with this type of random game engine. However that all depends on what kind of NPC structure they built into it. It will be interesting but not holding my breath.

balrox
balrox

@orangesonic While you have a point, maybe look at it like this:  Exploring in No Man's Sky is quite a bit different to other games. When the map of the Earth still had many white spots left on it, the trailblaizers didn't need a reason to go there, they just wanted to know what's at the end of the path, behind the next mountain, past the far sea, to go where no man has set his foot before. Today, somebody has already been everywhere, so it looses the thrill, but in No Man's sky you can do the exact same thing, set your flag on a completely untouched world and planets. This however only works because of their way to generate the world, making everything as unique as possible. So I guess that's what you are in for, which I think is quite a bit beyond exploration for example in Skyrim.

dannyodwyer
dannyodwyer moderator staff

@PlatinumPaladin Yea sorry we don't have a release date yet, it just fished 2015 from our database. We're looking to fix that!

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@bubba_1988 This is the third time (I think) GameSpot have done the Next Big Game feature, but the others weren't quite like this one. They contained much finer details while this weeks is a little vaguer.

Which is a good thing if you ask me.

perrub
perrub

@vadagar1 lol true, so many questions. I don't think thats very common in recent games, evoking so many questions. Just that, shows that this game is really different.

MarcRecon
MarcRecon

@lizardlava 

I hope all platforms get it, if this game turns out as great as I hope, no one group should be able to enjoy it!

igorphoenix
igorphoenix

@Gamer_4_Fun And what holds said gamers from getting necessary hardware?

As Hideo kojima once said answering the question about MGS4 exclusivity - the game matters, not the platform used for playing it and games like this is just the reason to get PS4, or X1 or whatever other platform there may be.


gh0stw4rr10r
gh0stw4rr10r

@RaidersNTime Not an EVE player. Never had the time or the will for it. Also, never truly played MMOs for long, as repetition and grinding systems implemented there turn me away from such games. 


It is just my observation that MMO games succeed primarily due to social interaction and not their core gameplay, which is likely simplistic crap compared to other types of games. If a community develops, it carries the game through despite its faults. So, "empire" building in addition to pure exploration could be what No Man's Land needs.


I will probably casually "lone-wolf" it anyway. But it would be great to fly to a populated region, see what people are doing, take on a player-made mission or bounty or simply engage in piracy. This way you can feel immersed in the gameworld without having to grind and invest hundreds of hours to get the best the game can offer (as I always thought EVE required you to do).

orangesonic
orangesonic

@balrox @orangesonic  i get that and i like the idea too, that is why i am looking forward to this game! but just exploring for the sake of exploring may become a bit repetitive after a while, that is just a point o view... a game with such a potencial can have anything besides just exploring, that what i was trying to say.

stan_hg
stan_hg

@perrub @vadagar1 That simple means a good marketing where you have to buy it to get the answers, Call me a sceptical, but last decade is a decline gameplay wise

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

@igorphoenix You know if i had money, I would get every  system out there, and why even stop there?

igorphoenix
igorphoenix

@Gamer_4_Fun it's not that expensive. Upgrading PC every six months takes way more money (I mostly need it for game developement, rather than gaming itself though).

Console is something that you buy once in 5 years or so, unless it's X360 that I had to replace three times until they fixed RRoD issues.

I rarely buy hardware at launch (even though I'm kinda tech geek and it's hard for me to pass on some new advanced tech just out of curiosity), but when the right game comes out I just can't miss it. For me it was Gears of War for X360, MGS4 for PS3, Shattered Memories for Wii (and it was a single game I played on Wii, I still don't get why people like their first-party titles), Crisis Core for PSP, P4 Golden for Vita, Phantom Pain for PS4 (even though it's not out yet, still it's MGS so I need to be prepared) and all of that combined costs slightly less than decent Nvidia GPU rig.

My point is - consoles have extremely reasonable price tag, there are hobbies far mor expensive than gaming.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

@igorphoenix however, that doesn't mean I won't get a PS4 because of it's few exclusives I want. The key word is 'few', having played the PS3 I developed an interest for some of their first party titles. Its not worth getting an entire machine for 400$ for a few games. I will eventually get a PS4, just not anytime soon, likely end of the generation and get those games at much cheaper cost.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

@igorphoenix I don't know which world you are from, but in my universe I don't upgrade anywhere near that often. I gamed on the ps3 for 6 years, it was good, got a ps4 but sold it off within 6 months as it just wasn't right for me. Used the money and came back to PC gaming, I love it. To each it's own. Also, PC gaming is far more cheaper in the long run, even as much as 2 years thanks to cheaper games, no subscription fees, plus playing all the game in a better fidelity. Also, if anyone restricts PC just for gaming is just stupid, I also turned my PC into multimedia powerhouse, I also get work done on PC. So in terms of value, it greatly pays off itself alone. 

igorphoenix
igorphoenix

@Gamer_4_Fun I wish I'd have your patience. Really :D

If something that I want to play comes out I just can't skip it (for a week I tried to convince myself that I don't need Vita just to play Golden, but then I saw the game passing by local game store and... well, hour later I had to explain my wife why I spent 350$ for "another toy").

igorphoenix
igorphoenix

@Gamer_4_Fun as I said for the most part I need PC for purposes othar than gaming, and i need all the power I can get hence all the costly upgrades, saves me a lot of time. I occasionally use it for gaming too but its not what I need it for. PC surely pays off itself but that's not related to gaming in any way, at least for me.

And I agree on the point that both X1 and PS4 at this moment hardly worth keeping (didn't touch X1 since december I guess).

About cheaper games... well, they are cheaper on PC, but I rarely buy more than 2 per month so it's not a big deal. And I prefer single player experience so no subscription fees either (at least for XBL, don't know if PS+ is still auto-renew or not).