No Man’s Sky fan and Reddit user aleator83 creates a mobile companion app for the game that features a planet name generator, an elements journal, and more.
For many blockbuster video game releases, it’s not uncommon to see developers create companion apps to enhance the experience for consumers. Creating a companion app takes time and money, though, so it’s rare to see indie developers make them for their games. The same is true for No Man’s Sky studio Hello Games, so one fan has taken matters into his own hands.
Reddit user aleator83 has created a companion app for No Man’s Sky called No Man’s Sky Ally, and it is available for download now on Android devices, with an iOS version awaiting approval from Apple. The app allows players to share screenshots from the game with the No Man’s Sky community, and generates names for creatures and planets players discover in-game. No Man’s Sky Ally also has an elements journal that keeps track of where players have found elements, and how much money they can get by selling them to vendors.
aleator83 is still working on the app, ironing out bugs and other issues to get it ready for No Man’s Sky release next week. Besides bug fixes, it’s possible that aleator83 could update No Man’s Sky Ally to include new features as well, but that’s just speculation at this time. Since No Man’s Sky is not yet available, it may be smart for aleator83 to wait for its launch to see what the community wants from the app before planning any major content updates.
While new content is a possibility, since No Man’s Sky Ally is not from Hello Games itself, players shouldn’t expect updates on a regular basis. Even though it’s fan-made, however, that doesn’t mean it’s of lesser quality. In fact, it has a strong rating of 4.7 on the Google Play Store at the time of this writing, and has been downloaded over one thousand times. It’s probable that it will become even more popular when No Man’s Sky actually launches, especially when one considers the attention the game has received from mainstream media, such as its appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, for example.
If No Man’s Sky Ally is able to successfully piggyback off the hype surrounding the game, it may encourage Hello Games to step forward with its own companion app. If so, that would probably be bad news for aleator83, as fans would probably gravitate toward the official companion app as opposed to the fan-made one.
Until Hello Games decides to move forward with an official No Man’s Sky companion app (if that day ever comes), fans are free to check out aleator83’s take on it. Its screenshot sharing capabilities could help gamers show off their discoveries, and the name generator should prove useful for gamers looking to name all 18 quintillion planets that will be featured in No Man’s Sky when the massive game releases next week.
No Man’s Sky will be available on August 9th for PlayStation 4 and August 12th for PC.
Source: Google Play Store