After Sony’s initial presentation on the 27th October at Paris Games Week, fans of the highly anticipated game No Man’s Sky deflated a little.
It looked like we might not be getting a release date or indeed any new news on the game at this huge event in the Video Game industry’s calendar. A couple of online publications even jumped to the conclusion that we definitely weren’t getting a release date and wrote articles on the topic. Luckily for the pool of very excited people who are following this game’s progress, we now know that the game will be released in June 2016 on both Playstation 4 and PC. At the moment it looks like Hello Games will be releasing the PS4 and PC version at the same time, although considering initially it looked like the PS4 would get a period of exclusivity, that could change again. With the release date being 8 months away we can’t assume that anything will stay as it is.
Hello Games are, after all, under Sony’s thumb and will have to do what they’re told to some extent.
Along with the release date we have been treated to a brand new trailer, which hasn’t revealed anything new about the game other than some rather splendid visual backdrops and a little bit of combat. However, the shiny new trailer (complete with theatrical voice acting) has re-awakened the fans’ excitement about the game. After all the hype and gameplay footage that appeared during and just after E3, Hello Games quietened down quite considerably; people were starting to get worried that they’d encountered significant issues that would set back the launch indefinitely. Considering there had been hints at a 2015 release date, finding out that the actual release will now be half way through next year has perturbed a few, but the majority seem happy to wait as long as is needed for the release of a complete and polished product. The last thing we want to see is a rushed release, especially for such a vast and ambitious project.
We know that the game will not be multiplayer in the standard sense.
The developers have made it clear that the game does not have an MMO format, and that they will be trying to stay away from it as much as possible. There has been some concern about this from those who want to play the game with their friends, but it has been suggested that there will be a way of seeing a friend’s location in the galaxy. You will supposedly then be able to find them via exploring to that location. It would seem that Hello Games are keen to encourage exploration of the universe, but the multiplayer situation will become clearer as the release date grows closer.
One thing that still hasn’t been confirmed is the price.
Taking into account the sheer size of the game I think it’s safe to assume we’ll be looking at a £40/$60 price bracket, which is bad news for a lot of people but, regrettably, is generally the price of a AAA release in this day and age. Looking at the footage of No Man’s Sky that we’ve seen so far it would be unfair to expect anything less than £30/$50 for the experience.
Hopefully over the coming months we’ll continue to see snippets of gameplay as the development progresses. We shall see how everything unfolds and I for one look forward to everything this game will have to offer.