Despite rumors of a surprise release, Sony have finally cleared the air on ambitious indie title No Man’s Sky’s release date, saying the title will hit PS4 in June of 2016.
Ever since its breathtaking debut at E3 2014, No Man’s Sky, the little indie game that could, has been the talk of the town. Gamers oohed and ahhed over the title’s anticipated 18 quintillion procedurally generated worlds, while critics debated just what the game would ultimately be, with many positing the title could be an MMO.
No Man’s Sky quickly became the game to watch, and even made an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Despite the rampant discussion of the game, no one seemed quite sure when to expect it. Rumors abounded of a surprise launch, but the conjecture can finally stop: developer Hello Games has confirmed the game will release in June of 2016.
Announced as part of Sony’s presentation at Paris Game Week, the release window for the title finally ends rampant discussion on when exactly the title would see the light of day. Sony showcased the title with an extravagant trailer, which featured heavy emphasis on the various worlds and creatures players will encounter within No Man’s Sky.
In addition to the release date, the new trailer also offered a tantalizing first glimpse at the game’s combat system. Up until this point, trailer’s for the game emphasized exploration, but the Paris Game Week trailer affirms that there will be plenty of dangers to encounter in the No Man’s Sky universe. The trailer shows ships nipping at each other’s heels with lasers out in the cosmos, and also highlights the protagonist having to defend himself with a laser pistol against massive robots.
But combat isn’t all the trailer highlighted. Especially enticing was a look at how planet discovery will work, with the protagonist coming across a planet called “Shyinx.” The protagonist is given a read out on the atmosphere of the planet, along with a message concerning which player in the always-connected world of No Man’s Sky initially discovered the planet.
While June of 2016 is quite a while away, Hello Games’ reveals that they are hard at work on ensuring that No Man’s Sky lives up to the hype. With the heavily anticipated game forgoing the Xbox One for the PS4, PlayStation gamers are surely counting the days until the game’s release. But with a scope so vast, it remains to be seen if No Man’s Sky can truly earn the title of “biggest game ever” or if it will ultimately fall short.
No Man’s Sky releases June 2016 for PS4.