No Man's Sky launches in a matter of hours but, despite the hype, Hello Games founder Sean Murray says that the upcoming game will not be for everyone.
Tomorrow is the big day and the highly-anticipated space exploration game No Man's Sky is finally about to launch. While many are excited for the huge open universe and the freedom to explore it, Hello Games founder Sean Murray wants to point out that the style of gameplay won't be for everyone.
In a recent blog post regarding what there is to do in the game, Murray states that the game will generally see players wandering around an alien planet and truly "discovering it" for themselves. Amongst other things, the gameplay of No Man's Sky will also consist of trading with NPCs (once you've learned their language), survival and crafting, and combat with alien lifeforms.
"That means this maybe isn’t the game you *imagined* from those trailers," says Murray. "If you hoped for things like pvp multiplayer or city building, piloting freighters, or building civilisations… that isn’t what NMS is. Over time it might become some of those things through updates."
Murray describes No Man's Sky as a weird, chill game in its own niche. This might be surprising to some, especially considering how hyped up the title has been, but Hello Games has always been quick to push the game's focus on exploration and journaling, with the game even having its own 'intergalactic Pokedex' to fill.
Sean concludes that the game might not be for everyone, and that he expects it to be "super divisive," but that he can't wait for the world to experience No Man's Sky for themselves. The game's soundtrack, which Murray gives particular praise to, is now available on Steam for those that want to have a listen to the chilled out tracks before they play.
Despite No Man's Sky going gold not too long ago, Hello Games has already been hard at work, completing a Day 1 update for the space-themed title. The update has added the option to train aliens as pets or protectors, as well as building on the game's trading mechanics.
Any further updates to the huge title are planned to be free, which should keep the game's fanbase happy enough. Aside from visual enchancements, the developer has also promised that base building will be added in with time, as well as giant space freighters to travel the universe in style.
Thankfully, although a fair number of people seem to already have had their copies of the title leaked early, the game will be seeing a full server reset when it launches in a few hours. This is to ensure that all players get the same beginning as they start to head out into No Man's Sky's adventure-filled world.
No Man’s Sky will be available on August 9th for PS4 and August 12th for PC.