New No Man's Sky Trailer Invites You to Explore Game's 18 Quintillion Planets

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No Man's Sky

Sony has released a new trailer for ambitious PlayStation 4 and PC space game No Man's Sky. It's titled "Explore," and it shows off some of the 18 quintillion planets the game has to offer.

As you'll see, each planet appears to be unique. The game offers "limitless variety," the video says, due in part to its use of procedually generated worlds. The video also spotlights No Man's Sky's "discovery" element, as we see the player finding things like animals and plants.

The video ends with the fitting Andre Gide quote, "Man cannot discover new oceans unless hee has the courage to lose sight of the shore."

This could be one of the quotes you see when you die in No Man's Sky. On some occasions, you will also see Jaden Smith quotes.

This is the first in No Man's Sky's "Guides to the Galaxy" video series. Future videos will be titled "Fight," "Trade," and "Survive," each of which will presumably show off those elements.

No Man's Sky is scheduled to launch on August 9 in North America, followed by August 10 in Europe, and August 12 in the UK. Hello Games recently settled a three-year legal battle over the No Man's Sky name, allowing the title to stay the same.

In other recent news, No Man's Sky has now gone gold (meaning development is complete), while it's been revealed that the game takes up 6 GB of space.

For more on No Man's Sky, you can check out GameSpot's new feature, "Making Sense of No Man's Sky's Massive Universe."

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PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE be good!!! This game has so much potential, but it's a new developer and an entirely new game series. Please hit the nail on the head with this one <3

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@Hicks_1: I mean, Minecraft was entirely procedurally generated, and by about the same sized team, but it clearly didn't flop.

Not saying this game'll be great, but there have been a few great procedurally generated games before.

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@Hicks_1: No he didn't......

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@Hicks_1: Did it ever enter your mind "why" these "claims" were brought up right before launch? Keeping in mind there is no evidence whatsoever to support the claim, only supposition. Apart from the fact the formula, if it is an integral part of the game or even used, has an expired patent from over 10 years ago so is therefore "free game".

Yet again though, here you go throwing around gossip as fact on a game that has not been released yet.

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@Hicks_1: Pretty hilarious you think you know exactly what the game will be like when you haven't even played it yet.

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@Hicks_1: that's not how procedural generation works.

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@Hicks_1: Wow you really are a dick huh? Ever heard of Minecraft? That's procedurally generated too and takes up more and more HDD space the more you explore and generate. The game works off an algorithm that generates the universe as you explore.

I understand how it works perfectly, apparently you don't though.

Lets revisit your theory once the game is release hey, because all you're doing at the moment is spouting conjecture.

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@Hicks_1: Who claimed it was a building game? It's an open world/universe sandbox, resource gathering, exploration game. You explore to find resources that help upgrade your ship, weapons & suit.

It's primarily an exploration game and I'm really not sure which part of that you're struggling with. You don't like it, that's great, but don't go around telling people what they should or shouldn't do especially on a game that hasn't been released yet. Making sweeping statements that every planet is identical except for a "few cosmic tweaks" shows how little your understanding of this game actually is.

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Major plus to this game is being part of . Something we wont see from Star Citizen. They like their money a lot, like they didn't get a lot for it...

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Fantastic! Every video I see of this gets me more excited to get my hands on it! Really looking forward to august 9th! Such vastness to completely lose myself in, gonna be so much fun!

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cant wait to try this out. Even if its only fun for like 30 hours it'll be worth it.

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Destiny 2 procedurally generated planets confirmed! (what, who said that)

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: hee hee hee hee hee hee hee

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As someone who doesn't typically play or enjoy RPG's or really any of the "crafting" elements of games, I have to say that I am effing STOKED for this game. I'm so ready to dive into the community and collaborate on how to make cool/useful stuff out of the elements and plants and whatever else! I believe Sean Murray said there's no in-game instructions on what various elements will create when combined with other elements, but the community will have a full periodic table and chemical compound formulas up in no time!

Gonna put some dinosaur bones in my ship's gas tank... Fossil fuel baby!

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OK, more stuff than I can possibly see. But how much of it will I actually want to see?

This looks like a really impressive tech demo but we still don't know a whole lot about what actual gameplay will be like & if it will be compelling enough once you've seen a few different planets. With their small dev team, I'm sure they'll make their money back from this game but to me it's more interesting to think what could happen if they sold their algorithms to other devs. Think about what Bioware could do with the next Mass Effect game if they were able to utilise this kind of technology.

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@bbq_R0ADK1LL: I'm interested in the exploration, but this has me worried as well. Even if discovery is the main focus, not being able to show the other elements this close to release just screams that something is seriously wrong.

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My preorder is set.

Goodbye real world it's been fun.

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Still on the fence with this one.

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@Triton: We all are but I'm going with glass half full for now. No matter what I'm sure I'll get my money's worth from this IP.

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@Triton: good! You must feel this way with every game yet not released!

Lets just cheer, and hope for a good game =)

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Just a couple more weeks and we'll finally be able to play this massive game. I'm excited.

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What a great trailer! First in a four part series, too. :)

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I can't believe it's almost here.

It looks amazing. Open ended, freedom, vastness.

No end in sight to people saying "I just don't get it." Well, I don't get GTA, Gears of War, or sports games, so that's just the way life goes. There's plenty of games out there for all tastes.

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@guitarpete462: Agree. It seems as if a game is not about killing or destruction or even being declared a winner - a lot of people cannot get the scope of it. Looking forward for this one - it reminds me of a game from the 80's called Starflight.

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@guitarpete462: enough said. Cheers sir.

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@lowmercy: Then the game is not for you. Go, play a game you will enjoy and be happy.

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@gotrekfabian: So simple, yet so complicated for some.

Thank u sir.

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18 quintillion planets.... Very similar to each other, lol This game have the potential to be the most tiresome and boring gaming experience in recent memory.

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@gleencross: And playing the same maps over and over in shooting games is not....

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@Triton: No it's not, because you are playing against real players and ego gets into play, it's completely different. A social element is necessary for this type of game IMHO.

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@gleencross: 18,000,000,000,000,000,000 different planets. sure there are going to be some similar planets, but the range of possibilities is more than any one player could ever hope to experience. if that sort of wondrous amazement doesn't tote your goat, I feel bad for you, but only a little.

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@bigrob007: Sure, a walking simulation will have plenty of gameplay possibilities. Naivety is a beautiful thing.

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@gleencross: like I said it doesn't seem this game is for your tastes. that's perfectly fine. stop shitting on my treelawn though, it's getting weird.

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--this game scares me
--not so much itself alone
--but just how 'big' games are starting to get
--as if video games were not capable of absorbing enough of my life already
--these last coupla years video games have kinda been 'stuck' in the same place(for me)
--take fallout 4 for example
--a game that back in 2010 would have stole my soul and left me with no reality to 'live in' except in the game
--but when i played it(in 2015-16)
--it just felt like i had already 'done that' enough that i didnt need to experience it again
--and i didnt even finish the story

--i think a good example is wiiU
--it is an entire console(with it's own full generation)
--of many AMAZING titles
--none of them 'took me away'(like they woulda in the past) because there wasn't anything truly 'new'
--it is like the classic cliche "been there done that"
--not only once
--but 'just enough times' that it is time for something new

--with consoles now upgrading hardware on 3 year cycles
--computer technologies jumping 'leaps and bounds' every few months
--and developers having more and more horsepower to work their magic within
--the 'next step' in gaming is becoming COMPLETELY impossible to predict
--yesterday all anyone wanted to talk about was the mysterious Scorpio(and all it's power and potential)
--today everyone(like kinda literally everyone too) is walking around looking through their phone's camera playing a shit app
--whatever tomorrow brings(for gaming kind)
--i know it will be beautiful
--it is just that
--it is starting to feel like a whole new world 'all of a sudden' these days
--and it does scare me a little
--cause i feel like 'getting lost' in the video games of tomorrow
--might be a MUCH MORE literal statement than it used to be

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@TheZeroPercent: it's true, since the release of ps4 and x1 games have become more beautiful than ever, but gameplay-wise not much has changed. the most innovative games are often indie-games, who normally aren't that long or big and can't make use of all the hardware, because they don't have the budget for it. And i feel this.. let's call it "numbness" towards the same old same old as well. The witcher 3, dark souls 3, uncharted 4... they're all great games that look truly terrific, but gameplay-wise they all use the same mechanics games used 10 years ago.

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--from where im standing
--i remember when ALL that was 'new' was side scrolling
--i started gaming hardcore in the summer of 1986(i was 7)
--on an atari(i have been hooked every since)
--i spent almost a decade(which is a LONG time for a 7-17 year old)
--before there was real innovation
--which was thumbsticks and 3 dimensional gaming
--the way i see it is
--even though the graphics and gameplay are A LOT better(today)
--games like tomb raider
--and mario64
--laid out the basic framework for the 3rd person 3 dimensional open world(2 decades ago)
--but we have had the basics of first person 3 dimensional(FPS) for even longer than that(on PC)
--it is definitely time for something 'new'
--we COULD 'literally' end up going backwards
--like we did with fighting games(SF4 going back to 'side by side')
--i though 3 dimensional fighters where obviously going in the best direction(i was there from their very beginnings)
--so when fighters went back to side by side(it was obviously 'going backwards' IMO)
--so i mean
--if we keep sticking with these 3 dimensional adventure games(as our 'pinnacle' so to speak)
--and who knows?
--if we dont move forward(innovation)
--perhaps we MIGHT just go back to side scrolling(or older genre styles)
--as the norm/standard of a AAA
--i mean i gotta say
--one of the best games ive played in the last few years
--was shovel knight

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@TheZeroPercent: I don't know if it's a problem with your computer, phone, or tablet but whatever it is it makes your sentence structure unbearable. Please try to form regular sentences please.

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@rasterror: This is coding, he tries to redirect this page to a porn website, gotchya!

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@rasterror: oh...I thought he was trying to write in Haiku...

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@rasterror: +1 to that.

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@rasterror: shatner approves

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