10 million species discovered so far in No Man’s Sky, and other tales from the game’s first 24 hours

By Sherif Saed, Wednesday, 10 August 2016 11:42 GMT

Launch day for No Man’s Sky has sent developer Hello Games on a roller coaster of emotions.

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In the first 24 hours since No Man’s Sky became available, creator Sean Murray has been reporting amazing data that indicate his passion project has been very popular.

After reaching 1 million discoveries in the first hour, the game’s servers continued to hold strong despite being pushed to their limits, resulting in over 10 million discovered species a few hours later.

Needless to say, Murray was ecstatic.

Yesterday, two players managed to reach the same spot in the universe, but couldn’t actually see each other. Murray said he didn’t expect this to happen on the first day, and added that the game’s world remains a “shared universe.”

In other more amusing news, Tesla, PayPal, and SpaceX founder Elon Musk said on Twitter that he’s going to try out the game. Murray somehow didn’t miss the tweet, and offered to send him a code.

As more and more players get their hands on No Man’s Sky, more and more stories of their findings will make their way online, and that 10 million figure will be dwarfed in days.

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