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Video Game: No Man's Sky
Imagine being on an alien planet in a science fiction Video Game, gazing out into the Alien Sky above, then hopping into your small fighter and going out to explore the other planets in that bizarre, unknown sky.

Got it? Because that's the bare-bones premise of this game.

An upcoming game by Hello Games (the same company who developed Joe Danger) revealed at VGX 2013, No Man's Sky is, for lack of a better a better term, a hybrid of Minecraft, Starbound, and FTL: Faster Than Light with heavy emphasis on exploration and discovery where players are able to get into a ship, take off of one planet, and then go and explore other planets in that system and the universe, seeking to discover strange new life, valuable resources that can be used to upgrade one's ship, tools, and EV Suit, and relics of civilizations long gone. It'll be completely multiplayer, but rather than grouping players all in the same place like most Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games, they'll be scattered throughout the edge of the universe (where they begin the game) with little to no direct interaction between players; most player interaction coming instead from "uploading" information about a certain planet, lifeform, trade route, resource seam, or other such things to a persistent database (if they so choose).

There's also a large emphasis on survival: if you don't upgrade your ship, tools, or suit you could very well end up dead thanks to the fact that everything from interstellar pirates to rampaging wildlife can very well kill you.

Finally, the game's developers boast that the game has infinitely many procedurally-generated worlds, and while that might not be true, there are still going to be a lot of worlds for you to explore.

While it doesn't have a definite release date yet, the game will be released first as a timed exclusive to the PlayStation 4 before being ported to PC, the developers saying that they want the PC port to have a "console-y" (here meaning "high framerate and solid controls") feel to it.

Watch the E3 trailer here, the "Infinite Worlds" trailer here, and the VGX Reveal trailer here.


Tropes featured in No Man's Sky:

  • Alien Sky: A given for a science fiction-centric game, and interesting in that you can go out and explore every celestial body you can see in that sky.
  • Asteroid Thicket: Once again, this is a given; however the asteroids can be shot at and damaged to create such things as pathways through them.
  • Cool Starship: A handful. Larger ships are more of the "flying box" variety, while smaller craft like the ones you fly are more streamlined and evocative of such staples of Sci-Fi like Elite and Star Wars.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Among the fauna are creatures that resemble sauropods and Stegosaurs.
  • Reconstruction: According to the developers the game will be one of the exploration-centric science fiction made popular by Star Trek.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: As mentioned below, the game has been described as Minecraft IN SPACE!
  • Sand Worm: We see a few at the end of the VGX reveal trailer. Like Shai-Hulud, they are massive.
  • Scenery Porn: It's positively gorgeous, particularly for a game with only a 4-person production team.
  • Space Pirates: Also a given, and sticking to the tradition of such games as Elite and Privateer, you can either destroy those pirates or join them.
  • Wide Open Sandbox: The game has been described as basically "Minecraft in space," and the major emphasis is on player discovery.
    • And it's big, too: the initial build for the game used a 32-bit number for world-generation and would take an estimated five thousand years to fully map out and explore before ambition and forum-based denizens telling them that they couldn't make such a huge game caused them to up the ante from a 32-bit number to a 64-bit number for world-generation that would take five billion years to fully map out and explore, or so huge that by the time the last planet in the game is found, the sun will have burned out.
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