No Man’s Sky‘s new ‘Trade’ trailer showcases the game’s trading system and user interface, but it looks quite similar to another popular sci-fi shooter’s menu layout.
No Man’s Sky has been one of the most anticipated games of the year, and with its release almost here, Sony has been releasing more and more footage, images, and info about the game. Recently the publisher began releasing trailers that focus on one of No Man’s Sky’s four main mechanics: Explore, Fight, Trade, and Survive.
Today Sony released the Trade trailer, showcasing none other than No Man’s Sky’s trading system. The trailer gives everyone a look at how players can harvest rare materials from a planet’s surface, or from asteroids in the cold depths of space, to sell for in-game currency or to upgrade their ship and equipment.
One aspect of the Trade trailer that has drawn the attention of eagle-eyed viewers is the menu system, which looks very similar to the menu system seen in the sci-fi shooter Destiny. Both games utilize a similar resource organization screen as well as a cursor to navigate around the UI.
Hello Games co-founder, Sean Murray, has previously stated that he wants the trading component of the game to be accessible to all gamers, even ones that have not previously played games with an emphasis on an in-game economy. So perhaps the similarities in the menu layouts are part of Hello Games’ plan to keep No Man’s Sky as a game that players will be able to pick up and play with relative ease.
Additionally, players in No Man’s Sky will not be restricted to just selling raw materials, as players will also be given the option to use harvested resources to craft their own weapons and equipment, either for personal use or to sell on the market for greater profits. According to Sean Murray, No Man’s Sky’s trading system is setup to allow players to be as involved in the game’s economy as they see fit. “We want trading to be fun. We want it to be understandable, because the game’s already quite large.”
Since the game has already gone gold, No Man’s Sky will hopefully be able to deliver on its promise of being a game for everyone, otherwise Hello Games may be dealing with a lot of dissatisfied customers once August comes around. But until then, players will just have to wait and see what the final Survival trailer has in store.
No Man’s Sky is currently scheduled for release on August 9, 2016 for PS4, while the PC version has been pushed back for release on August 12, 2016.