Just when you thought the video game overload of two next-gen consoles, news of Steam Machines and awards season was making the community even more desensitized and skeptical than ever, Hello Games swoops in to save the day. Or more specifically, to provide gamers with some genuine excitement for the world premieres coming out of the Spike VGX event.
Most of the footage and announcements during the Spike VGX were for games we've known about since before E3 or have heard about in the months since. No one saw No Man's Sky coming.
Sean Murray and the rest of this 4-person indie studio Hello Games have been secretly working away, long hairs and on a small budget, on an ambitious project, an MMO of sorts that involves exploration. From the ocean to land, though the atmosphere and into space towards other planets. There are fish and there are enemy starfighters.
From the brief footage snippet that Murray cut himself before flying himself out to attend the VGX and showcase the game, it appears the game will even let players fly from the ground and into space seamlessly - something that's never really been done right in any sort of space sim. We're not even sure that the big budget Star Citizen will feature that sort of gameplay.
While little was shown, Murray - whom we spent a lot of time chatting with at last year's E3 - says that other players will share the same universe as well, making this 4-man operation that much more ambitious. Still, the idea of it is special and the idea of true exploration on this scale is as well. The game comes in the wake of the success of the Joe Danger franchise - the original game of which Murray had to sell his house to fund.
The hours of work and that dedication makes this project even more exciting since the team is literally putting their lives into the project. Let's hope they learn from Spore.
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