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Summary[ | ]

No Man's Sky, previously codenamed Project Skyscraper,[1] is a procedural science fiction game developed by English developer Hello Games out of Guildford, UK. Hello Games is best known for their Joe Danger series, and is bringing their unique development style to No Man's Sky. The game will feature planetary exploration, deep oceans, space-based battles, predators and prey, and much more across various procedurally-generated worlds. Each world will have its own ecosystems, rewards, and dangers, leading the player through the four core pillars of the game: Explore, Fight, Trade, and Survive.

The game debuted at VGX 2013 with a trailer showing off the game's world, starships, flora, and fauna. Another trailer for the game premiered at E3 2014 during Sony's presentation, detailing the game's creature identification system, dogfighting, and seamless space travel between planets.

It was released in North America on 9 August 2016 and in Europe on 10 August for PS4 and on 12 August for the PC community. It was released on Xbox One and WeGame on 24 July 2018.[2]

Features[ | ]

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  • 18 Quintillion possible planets - There are 2^64 (18.446.744.073.709.551.616) possibilities (seeds) for planets (18 quintillion in US terms, 18 trillion in UK terms), each one unique and unexplored.[3]
  • Nearly infinite play time - Having 18 quintillion planets, players would need more than 570 billion years to explore every planet, if they stay for one second on each planet.[4]
  • A truly open universe - If you can see it, you can go there. You can fly seamlessly from the surface of a planet to another, and every star in the sky is a sun that you can visit.
  • Exploration is seeing things that no-one else has ever seen before - Every creature, geological formation, plant and starship is unique.
  • Survive on a dangerous frontier - You are alone and vulnerable, and will face threats everywhere, from deep space to thick forests, barren deserts to dark oceans.
  • Build for an epic journey - Collect precious materials and trade them for better spacecraft and upgrades for your suit and equipment and prepare for your journey to the centre of the galaxy.
  • 65daysofstatic soundtrack - Our favourite band, 65daysofstatic, is producing a soundtrack album especially for No Man's Sky, which will be featured in the game as a procedurally generated soundscape.
  • A shared universe - Share your discoveries with other players using a map of the galaxy, or join with them directly using crossplay options. Strike out for unexplored frontiers or build your strengths in known space.

Updates[ | ]

The game has had a series of major updates and patches since release, greatly expanding upon the original gameplay:

  • Foundation - added base building, new game modes, new materials, purchasable freighters and the first galaxy regeneration
  • Pathfinder - added land vehicles, online base sharing, and ship/weapon classes
  • Atlas Rises - added a new story, better graphics, new planets, a new alien race, the first form of multiplayer, and the second galaxy regeneration
  • NEXT- added new multiplayer interactions, including PvP and co-op base building and exploration, the option to play in third person, and the third galaxy regeneration
  • Abyss - added many expanded underwater features, including an exocraft submarine.
  • Visions - added new biome types and many different land features
  • Beyond - added VR, Expanded Multiplayer and an increase in features in most game aspects (aka NMS 2.0), switched to Vulkan API.
  • Synthesis - added additional base building parts and technologies, starship salvaging and upgrades, and multiple multitool ownership.
  • Living Ship - added a new class of biological ship, a new story mission, mysterious space encounters, space NPCs and more.
  • Exo Mech - added the Exo Mech hybrid exocraft, hidden wire in bases, and various patches and game fixes.
  • Crossplay - added the ability for players on all platforms to explore together.
  • Desolation - added derelict freighters, freighter customisation, combat improvement, more storyline
  • Origins - dramatically expanded No Man's Sky. A stranger, richer and more varied universe, with deeper planetary diversity, dramatic new terrain, a host of new creatures, new weather conditions, colossal buildings, etc.
  • Next Generation - added the ability to play on the next generation of consoles.
  • Companions - added the ability to tame, breed, and raise pets
  • Expeditions - added limited-time events and the ability to obtain exclusive rewards.
  • Prisms - added new visual effects, creature fur, improved biome detail, introduced DLSS and screen space reflection (SSR).
  • Frontiers - Added Settlements, reworked the build menu, added Expedition 3 : Cartographers
  • Sentinel - miscellaneous patches and a complete overhaul to the Sentinel system and how they work.
  • Outlaws - many patches, a new starship type, outlaw space stations, and an outlaw story line.
  • Endurance - many patches, major freighter and base building updates
  • Waypoint - support for Nintendo Switch, new game modes and saves, ability to adjust many of the gaming functions
  • Fractal - support for PSVR2, VR visual update, new "Wonders" catalogue, improved ambient VFX.
  • Interceptor - corrupted sentinel planets, new ship and multi-tool class, combat improvements.
  • No Man's Sky on Mac - Game is now available for Mac players.
  • Singularity - New expedition to extend Abyss storyline; ARG clues.
  • Echoes - Pirate freighters, Multi-staff and a new robot race.
  • Omega - Pirate freighters can now be owned, better planetary missions, new expedition system.
  • Orbital - New space station appearances, spaceship creator, guilds, trade and standing changes, more immersive fleet missions.
  • Adrift - New expedition taking place in an abandoned universe.
  • Worlds Part I - Planet overhaul, new fauna, discovery renaming, better water and cloud, improved atmospherics.

System requirements[ | ]

PC minimum:

  • OS: Windows 10/11 (64-bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i3
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1060 3GB, AMD RX 470 4GB, Intel UHD graphics 630
  • Storage: 15 GB available space

Mac Minimum:

  • OS: macOS Monterey 12.3
  • Processor: Intel i5
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics: Radeon Pro 570X 4GB
  • Storage: 15 GB of available space

Languages[ | ]

No Man's Sky is translated into various languages, although British English is considered as the official language due to Hello Games' location, and it is also the default language for the game.

  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Dutch
  • English (British English)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin American Spanish
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Traditional Chinese
  • US English

No Man's Sky allows you to choose the language you prefer to enjoy your space adventure, regardless of what language your system has. To change the language within the game, just follow these steps:

  • In the main menu, select the Options option.
  • In the General tab, look for the Language option.
  • Select the language you want to use from the list.
  • Confirm your choice and return to the main menu.

Awards[ | ]

  • 2017 Game Developers Choice Award for Innovation
  • 2020 Game Awards: Best Ongoing Game
  • 2022 British Academy Games Award for Evolving Game

Reception[ | ]

No Man's Sky received "mixed or average" and "generally favorable" reviews on Metacritic getting a metascore of 61/100 on PC,[5] 71/100 on PS4,[6] and 77/100 on Xbox One.[7]

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