Few titles in recent years have captured the imagination of the gaming world quite like No Man’s Sky. Since it was first unveiled at the VGX awards back in 2013, it’s been a near-constant topic of discussion — would the finished product be able to live up to its lofty potential?
We were given more information on exactly how the game would play at last year’s E3 conference, but that made it clear just how big the developers at Hello Games were thinking. We were also told that the title would launch on PlayStation 4 as a console exclusive, with a PC version following afterwards, but that is no longer the case.
Speaking at this year’s conference, director Sean Murray stated that the game’s PC release will take place on the very same day as its PlayStation 4 launch. No reason has been given for this change of plans, but theories are already being circulated as to whether this could lead to No Man’s Sky making an appearance on the Xbox One.
A PC release makes complete sense for a game with this kind of scope. Performance is always going to be an issue with a game that allows players to explore on such a grand scale, so opening up the experience to the power of the latest gaming rigs could well make the PC version the definitive way to play through the title.
There’s also the numerous possibilities that user-made modifications can allow for. We already know that No Man’s Sky is set to be an almost infinite experience thanks to its randomly generated planets, but support for mods built by its most creative players could make its potential truly limitless.
A system similar to the one recently announced for Fallout 4 would mean that console players could also take advantage of this content — which could perhaps be the reason Sony has given its blessing for a much-anticipated console exclusive to release on PC on the same day and date. However, that’s just wishful thinking at this point.
There’s still plenty that we don’t know about No Man’s Sky, but that’s all part of the appeal for a game with such a heavy emphasis on exploration. Hello Games is yet to lock down a firm release date, but Game Rant will be covering any new information as and when it is made available.
No Man’s Sky is set to launch on PlayStation 4 and PC.