Hello Games’ ambitious space game No Man’s Sky reportedly won’t meet its original June 21 release date, and will now instead launch sometime in July or August.
It’s been a long time coming, but the light at the end of the tunnel is approaching for Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky. After initially being announced during the 2013 Spike VGX event, it wasn’t until late-2015 that a June 2016 release date was seemingly confirmed for the ambitious space epic. But if a recent report is to be believed, it looks like gamers will have to wait a little bit longer before they can get their hands on one of 2016’s most anticipated titles.
According to Kotaku, two reliable sources have revealed that No Man’s Sky has been delayed from its original June launch date. While Sony and Hello Games have not yet responded to any requests for comment at the time of writing, one of Kotaku’s sources happens to work at GameStop, and was able to provide evidence that seemingly confirms the delay.
The GameStop source stated that they had recently received some marketing materials for No Man’s Sky, all of which bore the game’s original June 21 release date. However, stores were informed that the given release date is no longer correct, and that it should be covered up with a “Coming Soon” label. As for what the new release date is, nothing has yet been finalized, but a July or August launch window is apparently being targeted.
Nothing is known in regards to the reasons for this latest delay, but given how late this delay announcement was, perhaps No Man’s Sky needed some extra polishing before it could be ready for release. With a game universe that’s large enough to give players over 5 billion years worth of game time, and the incorporation of features such as unique alien languages, a space exploration mechanic, and an extensive trading and economy system, it’s actually a bit of a surprise that No Man’s Sky wasn’t been delayed for a longer period of time.
While a delay for No Man’s Sky is undoubtedly disappointing, the extra time will hopefully allow the Hello Games development team to perfect the title’s ambitious single-player gameplay. Ultimately, this delay will probably have little to no effect on everyone’s excitement for No Man’s Sky, and if two months is the difference between a very good game and a masterpiece, we’re certain that gamers everywhere are more than willing to wait it out.
No Man’s Sky is scheduled to launch sometime in 2016 for PlayStation 4 and PC.