Hello's galactic exploration game will be here sooner than you think.
No Man's Sky has been the subject of constant press attention since it was first announced at VGX at the end of 2013, and has sparked the imaginations of gamers worldwide. Developed by tiny indie studio Hello Games, the creator of the Joe Danger series, No Man's Sky allows spaceship exploration across a procedurally generated persistent galaxy of 18 quintillion planets (really), most of which have unique flora and fauna.
While the general aim of No Man's Sky is to travel to the centre of the universe, the game itself features RPG-style elements such as upgrading ships, stats and weapons.
No Man's Sky gameplay: what do you do?
No Man's Sky has caught the attention of both the press and gamers for many reasons, not least of which is its seamless gameplay. If we're going to put a genre on it, we could say it's a first-person survival game, but the confluence of shooting, exploration, discovery and aviation is promising something entirely new.
You start the game with a multi-tool for scanning, mining, combat and a number of other roles, as well as a spacesuit and a fight-ready spaceship. You are a planetary explorer, looking for information on worlds, flora and fauna to upload to The Atlas, an enormous database. Pumping information into The Atlas give you in-game currency with which to buy better gear and more powerful ship drives. The better your ship, the further you can travel. The aim of No Man's Sky is to reach the galactic core.
Everyone playing the game is uploading information to the same Atlas, and as new worlds are discovered you'll be able to chart journeys on a gigantic galactic map. You'll able to name everything you discover (really everything: every plant, animal or planet, and the naming is permanent for No Man Sky's every player), and engage in a free-market system with others.
The videos below are probably the quickest way to grok what No Man's Sky gameplay is all about.
No Man's Sky gameplay footage
Sony has helpfully released a series of trailers showing off the core pillars of No Man's Sky's gameplay. This one is all about exploration, be that in the depths of space or with your boots sinking into the mud of some foreign world.
Not everything you meet in No Man's Sky is friendly. Be it hostile wildlife, bandits, rival traders or the space police, you might find yourself caught in battles and dogfights. This video shows how that goes down.
If you plan to finish No Man's Sky by reaching the centre of the universe, you'll need a beter ship and equipment. This video is all about gathering resources and trading - key systems for obtaining upgrades.
The last gameplay pillar of No Man's Sky is survival; this video goes into detail on that.
No Man's Sky trailers
Here's the No Man's Sky's announcement trailer - the one that got us all so hyped so long ago.
The next major No Man's Sky trailer was released at E3 2014, six months later.
Keeping hype alive, this gameplay trailer released in December 2014 - one year after announce.
The E3 2015 trailer confirmed No Man's Sky was coming to PC.
This October 2015 trailer was released alongside No Man's Sky's first release date - which it missed.
No Man's Sky release information
No Man's Sky is coming to PC and PS4 in early August, and is available for pre-order on both platforms - see below for exact dates in your region.
No further platforms have been announced, although that's likely a result of Hello Games' small team size, and ports aren't out of the question in the future.
The hype for No Man's Sky release is such that there have been at least two occasions when sources or listing errors sparked belief that Sony was going to announce the release date on release day, but in fact the opposite happened. At Paris Games Week 2015, Sony announced a June 2016 release for No Man's Sky, but the game was eventually delayed. This upset some eager players so much that death threats were sent to Hello Games. Not cool.
Release date - when is No Man's Sky coming out?
No Man's Sky launches in August 2016. The exact date depends on your region:
- In North America, No Man's Sky releases on August 9.
- In Europe and PAL territories, No Man's Sky releases on August 10.
No Man's Sky PC release delay
Not even two weeks before expected release date, the official No Man's Sky website update with what seems to be a delay to the PC version with a new launch day of August 12.
As of July 25, Hello Games has yet to confirm the delay, but in the UK, the No Man's Sky Steam page now shows an August 12, too. In the US it is still listed for August 9, alongside the PS4 build, and other territories like Australia are still showing August 10, their original No Man's Sky release date.
No Man's Sky reviews
No Man's Sky is one the most anticipated games of 2016, and even as a pre-order is already listed by multiple retailers as a bestseller. For those of you waiting for critical concensus, we'll list every major review we see, right here, after the game launches.
No Man's Sky news
No Man's Sky developer Hello Games has kept pretty quiet during the years since the game's announcement, but somehow or other, it's still managed to generate plenty of headlines. Founder Sean Murray and his team are unusually candid when they do feel like talking, with the result that No Man's Sky news has come thick and fast.
From legal battles to floods to death threats from fans disappointed with delays, here are all the major No Man's Sky headlines you should know about. We expect plenty more to turn up after launch, so keep an eye out for updates.
Late 2013 - No Man's Sky announce
- No Man’s Sky from Joe Danger studio Hello Games debuts during VGX
- No Man’s Sky: ID@Xbox boss would be “super-psyched” to see it on Xbox One
Early 2014 - No Man's Sky developer forges on despite flood damage
- Joe Danger, No Man’s Sky developer flooded during Christmas storms
- No Man’s Sky “won’t” be delayed despite Hello Games studio flood
- No Man’s Sky developer Hello Games testing VR, posts Vine clips
E3 2014 - No Man's Sky garners attention
- No Man’s Sky E3 trailer is lovely indeed
- Experience No Man’s Sky right now with this “open beta version” (joke)
- Why the No Man’s Sky devs aren’t talking about a PC version
- No Man's Sky wins three awards at E3 Game Critics Choice
Second half 2014 to early 2015 - No Man's Sky gradually detailed
- Early No Man's Sky multiplayer discussion
- No Man’s Sky is coming to PC! Eventually
- It will take you over 5 billion years to see all of No Man’s Sky
- Hello Games doesn’t know how social No Man’s Sky will be
- The goal of No Man’s Sky is to reach the centre of the galaxy
- No Man’s Sky – new gameplay trailer released
- Here’s a more in-depth look at No Man’s Sky gameplay
- You won’t be playing No Man’s Sky with your friends
- Sony: No Man’s Sky “treated like a first-party release”
- No Man’s Sky dev explains what you actually do in the game
E3 2015 - people are still asking "what do you do?"
- No Man’s Sky gets gorgeous new screenshots ahead of E3 2015
- No Man’s Sky double confirmed for PC with new trailer
- No Man’s Sky video shows uninterrupted, raw gameplay
- No Man’s Sky: watch 18 minutes of footage explaining exactly what you do in the game
Second half 2015 - the No Man's Sky hype train is in full steam
- No Man’s Sky is immune to spoilers
- Warning: new No Man’s Sky trailer too exciting, may cause feelings
- No Man’s Sky dev gets a little coy when asked about Morpheus
- What you actually do in No Man’s Sky: Hello Games lays it out once and for all
- Here’s clips of No Man’s Sky and PewDiePie from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
- No Man’s Sky gets new trailer and first release date at Paris Games Week 2015
2016 - release date hokey-pokey
- Op-ed: No Man’s Sky has a beautiful galaxy to explore, but is that enough?
- The No Man’s Sky “Explorer’s Edition” comes with a Cast Metal Ship
- No Man’s Sky gameplay shows NPCs, inventory, trading, more
- Lore in No Man’s Sky ensures everything players find exists for a reason
- No Man’s Sky delayed – report
- No Man’s Sky confirmed for August release on PS4
- No Man’s Sky UK release date has been brought forward
- No Man’s Sky dev’s three year secret legal battle resolved
- No Man's Sky dev speaks out on expectations and delay following death threats
- Amazon customers vote No Man’s Sky as their most anticipated game of 2016
- No Man's Sky goes gold (it's actually happening!)
- Hello Games working on No Man’s Sky update 1, game is only 6GB on disc
- Dutch company claims patent on No Man’s Sky generation formula
- No Man’s Sky devs meeting with Dutch company to discuss patent claims
- No Man’s Sky website suggests the PC build will be a few days late
Whatever you think of it's fairly lengthy development and its many showings on press conference stages and show floors, No Man's Sky is fairly sure to be one of the most talked-about games of 2016. The question is which way the game will go. We'll be updating this hub with all the latest as it soars towards release and beyond, updating here with news, reviews, impressions and more - so be sure to bookmark this page.