No Man's Sky is a highly anticipated game that is out now for PS4 and PC. We investigate to bring you everything you need to know about the sci-fi game including the No Man's Sky release date, price, platforms, trailers and more. See also: Most anticipated games of 2016
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No Man's Sky release date: When is No Man's Sky coming out?
No Man's Sky PS4 release date: 10 August 2016 (UK and Europe)
No Man's Sky PC release date: 12 August (Worldwide)
UK-based Hello Games (the studio behind the Joe Danger Series) first announced No Man's Sky at VGX 2013, releasing a trailer for the game at the same time. It was highlighted by Sony during its press event at E3 in June 2014, and shown off in depth at E3 2015.
Even though No Man's Sky is an indie title, Sony can see the potential that this PS4 exclusive has, offering a gaming experience unlike any other, on any platform. Therefore, Sony is treating it as if it were being developed in-house, which from the tech giant is unprecedented.
"No Mans Sky has been treated as if it was from one of our internal studios,” Fergal Gara, Commercial Director of Sony UK says. “We have been working very closely with the developers and bringing it into our release programme as if we had made it. We are not going to treat it any differently and we are going to put the full weight of PlayStation behind it. If it all comes together as well as expected, it will be treated like a first-party release; it is not a self-published small indie title on the platform."
It's been confirmed that the game will launch on PC alongside the PS4 release, but it currently looks unlikely that an Xbox One version of the game will be released, although that could change. The Mac version is looking like a long shot too, although our colleagues on Macworld feel that a late-2016 launch isn't an impossibility. More here: No Man's Sky for Mac release date rumours.
No Man's Sky: Podcast discussion
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It appears that No Man's Sky may be available for VR as Sean Murray, creator, has hinted in big style to Games Radar.
"I don't know what I'm allowed to say," he said on the subject. "It's something we're thinking about. Morpheus, Oculus... There's nothing more cool and sci-fi than VR and a big procedural universe. I think that, for the people who want to just explore, and even for the space combat and things like that, it would be a good fit. Let's put it that way."
However, less than a month before No Man's Sky's June 2016 release, rumours surfaced claiming the release date was to be pushed back into July or possibly even August 2016, collectively breaking the hearts of fans. The report came from Kotaku, quoting two sources - the company described one source as 'reliable' with no further explanation as to how they were connected to the project while the other was a GameStop employee. The employee claimed that their store recently received a POS (point of sale) marketing materials with the June 22/24 release date, and that they were told to cover them up with 'Coming Soon' stickers as seen below:
Following the rumours, the MD of Hello Games Sean Murray confirmed that the rumours were true and that the release date had been pushed back until 10 August 2016 for EU gamers and two days later, 12 August 2016 for those of us in the UK. Communicating via the PlayStation Blog, Murray has high hopes for the game but thinks that a delay will provide the team with the time to make it perfect.
"The game really has come together, and it’s such an incredible relief. As we sit and play it now, and as I watch playtesters every day, I can finally let myself get excited. We’re actually doing this. However, as we approached our final deadlines, we realised that some key moments needed extra polish to bring them up to our standards. I have had to make the tough choice to delay the game for a few weeks to allow us to deliver something special."
The release date has since been brought forward so that UK PS4 gamers will also get No Man's Sky on 10 August 2016.
While many assumed that the PC variant of No Man's Sky would be released alongside the PS4 variation on 10 August, the official No Man's Sky website suggests otherwise. According to the site, No Man's Sky will launch on PC on 12 August 2016 worldwide, two days after the PS4 game hits UK shores, and will be available via Steam, GOG, the Humble Store and iam8bit where users can opt for the exclusive $149 Explorer's Edition.
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No Man's Sky gameplay features
E3 2014 gave us lots of insight into what No Man's Sky is going to be like to play when it arrives on our consoles. It went down a treat with the critics, too, winning "Best Original Game" and "Best Independent Game" during the event, in addition to its "Special Commendation for Innovation" award.
Then, at E3 2015, we got a really good look at what it's going to be like to play the game when it arrives, and it looks incredible. So far it has been getting loads of attention, and we expect it to be a big hit.
So what's No Man's Sky about? It's a science-fiction game that lets players explore and survive in an infinite procedurally generated universe. That means that planets and solar systems will be built as you play, and each will be different to the next.
"Whether a distant mountain or a planet hanging low on the horizon, you can go there. You can fly seamlessly from the surface of a planet to another, and every star in the sky has a Sun that you can visit," reads the No Man's Sky website. Sounds cool, right?
There are many planets within No Man's Sky, each of which has a different landscape and different inhabitants. There are ancient artefacts to find and resources to collect and trade for new ships, suits and equipment to help you explore further.
"Choose whether to share your discoveries with other players," the website reads. "They're exploring the same vast universe in parallel; perhaps you'll make your make on their worlds as well as your own."
There's no storyline to No Man's Sky - it's designed to be entertaining enough for players to do whatever they please, so everyone's experience of the game will be very different. For example, you could decide to become a trader that transports goods between planets and space stations, or you could become a fighter who attacks the trader's ships, or you could make it your mission to rescue the traders who are under attack. The possibilities are pretty much endless.
If you are the first person to discover a planet or creature, you'll be able to name it, though Hello Games has put filters in place to prevent people from naming the planets inappropriately.
You'll be given a shield, a ship and a weapon to begin with, which you can improve upon as you play, but you'll need to be careful if you start killing creatures or attacking other ships, as that'll give you a wanted level that sends sentinels and police after you.
It has been announced that PS4 gamers will not require a PlayStation Plus account to play No Man's Sky online, Sony confirmed to Game Informer Australia. There had previously been concern about having a PS Plus subscription due to the game's significant reliance on online infrastructure, along with the fact that you can bump into any player at any time (even though there's no way to meet up with friends and the devs claim chances of bumping into a real life player are slim!).
In fact, the chance of meeting a real person in-game is so slim that both Sony and Hello Games consider No Man's Sky to be a single player game, making it exempt from the PS Plus subscription requirement. However, while no PS Plus account is required, Sony explained that "you will need to be connected to the Internet for your discoveries to register with the universal atlas."
No Man's Sky is to get a huge day one patch that will completely change the game, reveals Sean Murray. Update 1.03 introduces a number of new features (the full list can be found here), including the idea that there are now three paths to follow within the game, so what you choose early on will affect your gameplay later. It's easier to discover other players, and there is a deeper trading system and new combat mechanics.
First post-launch patch
No Man's Sky has also now had it's first patch after launch since the day one patch. On 19 August the game's creator Sean Murray tweeted "Patch just out for PC version - Steam and GoG. Patch in submission for PS4 version, should be out very soon."
To be more specific, he added "Patch notes incoming but PC build adds support for more hardware + improves frame rate at low spec. PS4 improves stability + lots more". He went on to add that issues were reported buy just 1% of the user base, and hopefully everyone will benefit from the quick rollout of patches for any bugs in the game's enormous world.
No Man's Sky gameplay video
IGN recently invited Sean Murray, founder of Hello Games, to showcase some of the lesser known features of the upcoming No Man's Sky. Up until now all gameplay videos have been cut up to showcase the best bits, while this time around Murray gives us a good idea of what to expect when we pick up the controller and play the game when it's released in June. It's an exciting first look, and we can't wait to get our hands on it!
No Man's Sky trailers
There are several trailers for No Man's Sky so far, all of which you can watch below to give you a better idea of what to expect from the game. The No Man's Sky trailer from the Sony Paris Games Week is at the top of the page.
No Man's Sky screenshots
You'll find a selection of screenshots from No Man's Sky below. Click each image to see a larger version and take a closer look.