is an upcoming science fiction video game developed and published by Hello Games. read more
is an upcoming science fiction video game developed and published by Hello Games.
It will feature a procedurally generated open universe with the player being free to explore and upgrade their ship, in the style of games like Elite.
Announced at VGX 2013 alongside a trailer, the game is seen to feature planetary exploration, deep oceans, space-based battles, and potential predators on the various procedurally-generated worlds. Each world has its own ecosystem with potentially unforgiving conditions, such as desert worlds with large carnivorous worms.
Players are initially given an uncharted universe to explore, where information about any planet's characteristics and lifeforms may be shared and updated with others.
The game will be a timed exclusive on the PlayStation 4, as highlighted during Sony's press event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2014, and will later be brought to Microsoft Windows.
Dave Lee of BBC News felt that the game "stole the show" at the E3 2014 conference. The title won the show's "Best Original Game" and "Best Independent Game" by a panel of game critics, as well as receiving the "Special Commendation for Innovation" title.
No Man's Sky developer Hello Games has remained vague in regards to the gameplay loop, but deny that it is primarily an ambient experience like Proteus or Dear Esther. Players are free to explore a procedurally generated universe in first-person and via their own spacecraft. There is no overt goal or objective by intent.
The Atlas, the translucent diamond with the red bubble on the logo treatment, is the only current indication towards any in-game fiction or overarching objective.
Players share a procedural generated universe. All content is generated under the one seed, which keeps locations and content generated consistent for all players.
New players are placed on an previously undiscovered planet on the rim of the galaxy. Hello Games expect many players journey to the centre of the galaxy. Game difficulty ramps up as players progress towards the core, as players find themselves challenged by a “malevolent force.”
Gameplay is known to include space and ground based combat, open world exploration and discovery. Resource (or RESOZU in game) located on planets will be utilised to enable upgrades to the player's suit (to provide greater resistance to toxic, radioactive and underwater environments) and tools for resource acquisition and on-foot combat. The player's ship also has a suite of upgrades such as FTL jump distance, and can receive support from NPC Wingmen.
Players defeated will lose accumulated upgrades, however this is not a perma-death, game failure state. Players defeated in space for instance will be left in a escape pod, and will have to reacquire a spaceship.