Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky was the surprise hit of Sony’s E3 2014 press conference with its dinosaurs and its X-Wings and its interplanetary travel. Despite its appealing aesthetics and the way it effortlessly taps into some section of my brain that has formulated the perfect game but could never define it before now, I can’t shake this feeling that I don’t really understand No Man’s Sky.
On a basic level, I get that you’re exploring the universe, charting the unknown and discovering new species and ships. Hello Games has been purposefully tight-lipped about their game, however, only dolling out small nuggets of information. Just enough to string you along, but not enough so that you know everything going in.
For a game that is so heavily based on discovery, this makes a certain amount of sense but it is an industry trend to have games with the sort of scope that No Man’s Sky seems to have be vague and mysterious but then not actually deliver (Spore, anyone?).
I’ve also heard some conflicting information about No Man’s Sky, such as “is it actually multiplayer” or what are you going to be doing when the game finally lands. The first is rather concerning for me because I’d love to team up with a few friends and roam the stars. I’ve heard that everyone exists on the same server at the same time and coversely that all games are separate but the names of discovered planets and species are shared.
No Man’s Sky is a beast of a different sort, that much is for sure, and I’m excited for it. I just wish that Hello Games would let us peek behind the curtain a bit more. What do you guys think about No Man’s Sky? What have you heard about it?