Hello Games founder Sean Murray takes to Twitter to confirm the delay of the PC version of No Man’s Sky, and explains why the game was delayed on PC and not PS4.

For many, the ambitious No Man’s Sky is one of the most anticipated games of the year. The game’s PS4 release date is set for this coming Tuesday, August 9th, but PC gamers haven’t been quite as sure when to expect the game. The confusion started a couple of weeks ago, the website for Hello Games listed its PC release as August 12th, though its Steam page still had it listed for release on August 9th alongside the PS4 version. Hello Games founder Sean Murray has now cleared things up, offering official confirmation that No Man’s Sky on PC is coming August 12th worldwide.

Murray stressed that the PC release for No Man’s Sky is “now global,” indicating that it would have otherwise released on PC on different days in other regions. Murray stated that that he feels a global release is best for everyone playing the game on PC, and if it weren’t for the physical retail release for the PlayStation 4 version, it’s possible that it would have been delayed on PS4 as well. “Retail forces us to be staggered on PS4,” Murray explained.

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Murray is referring to the August 10th release date for No Man’s Sky in EU. This means that North American players will technically have a head start in the game, which could be problematic asĀ No Man’s Sky uses a shared universe. However, No Man’s Sky is so immensely huge – said to take billions of real world years to explore – that this head start should seem like less of an issue than it would be in other games with shared online universes.

Regardless, fans will likely appreciate the explanation offered by Sean Murray. After all, there has been some confusion due to the discrepancy between the two release dates that were listed, and many times, games are delayed with no explanation at all. Furthermore, it should be reassuring to learn that the PC version of No Man’s Sky wasn’t due to some technical issues plaguing it, but rather from a desire to have everyone start the game at the same time.

Not even the people that received early copies of No Man’s Sky will have an advantage over others, as it’s been announced that the game’s servers are being reset ahead of its release to the public. Between that and its delay, PC gamers should all be on a level playing field when No Man’s Sky launches for the platform next week.

No Man’s Sky will be available on August 9th for PS4 and August 12th for PC.

Source: Sean Murray