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Preview: No Man’s Sky is truly a Universe-sized game

Ever since Hello Games announced their latest title No Man’s Sky at the 2013 VGX awards, and a formal reveal at Sony’s E3 press conference in 2014, the first person 3D exploration game has gained immense attention.nomanssky-game

The features a total of 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 (2^64) for exploration and each one will offer unique, animals, resources, landscapes and colors. The game generates a clear night’s sky with every point of light being either a star or planet that is yet to be explored. The game is as big as the universe, and will take  millions of years to complete. The game is set to be released on PS4, and will be released for PC soon.

“Every player starts on a different planet, they’re trying to make their way to the center of the galaxy,” said Sean Murray, founder of Hello Games.

The game generates contents with an algorithm, and crafts the universe around wherever the player goes. Though a particular area can disappear when the player leaves, it can be revisited by walking or flying that way again. The game has taken quite a number of years to develop as it is tricky and offers years of gameplay. The game is similar to Minecraft where a player will have to  mine planets for resources, and build on new elements to craft better gadgets and weapons.

The game includes a wanted meter like in Grand Theft Auto, which will bring in deadly robotic security, in case a player goes on rampage killing native wildlife in other planets. Apart from the core mission, players can pursue side projects like attacking ships or becoming a pirate. The company has promised enormous amount of side-projects to keep the players busy.

Murray stated that they are planning to develop a virtual-reality version of No Man’s Sky, allowing players to enter the universe one day. The company does have a release date in mind, though it does not wish to make it public now.

Below are the No Man’s Sky gameplay and trailer videos:

[ Official Site ]

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