The hype surrounding No Man’s Sky has far exceeded what Hello Games and Sony would have expected in the build up to launch, and as a result Hello Games co-founder Sean Murray has warned gamers that it “might not be for everyone”, describing No Man’s Sky as a weird game and not necessarily the game that people had “imagined”.
In an attempt to clarify exactly what No Man’s Sky is and isn’t, Sean Murray posted an update on the No Man’s Sky website which went into more detail about what his vision for the game is, as well as detailing some of the features players can expect at launch and some that are incoming in the near future.
Here’s a list according to Murray of what No Man’s Sky definitely is:
- Exploring a universe of pretty procedurally generated worlds, with beautiful creatures
- Trading with NPCs
- Combat against robots/mechs and cool space battles
- Survival/crafting in a universe sized sandbox
- An awesome procedural soundtrack from my genuine favourite band (check the NMS album out here)
- For one small moment, you might feel like you’ve stepped into a sci-fi book cover
“That means this maybe isn’t the game you *imagined* from those trailers,” said Murray. “If you hoped for things like pvp multiplayer or city building, piloting freighters, or building civilisations… that isn’t what NMS is. Over time it might become some of those things through updates.”
“For instance, freighters and building bases *are* coming! Read about updates coming here.
“At launch though, it’s an infinite procedural sci-fi-space-survival-sandbox unlike anything you have ever played before. If you decide to play it, you’ll see just how closely it plays to those trailers, and to our original vision. It’s a weird game, it’s a niche game, and it’s a very very chill game.”
Murray added, “This game might not be for everyone, I expect it to be super divisive, but I’m sat here watching playtesters right now who weren’t supposed to be in, but just wanted to play and chill out. I can’t wait for you to experience that for yourselves.”
No Man’s Sky releases in North America later today on PlayStation 4 with the UK and EU getting their hands on the game tomorrow. The PC version will launch worldwide this Friday, August 12th following a brief setback.