Procedural universe exploration simulator No Man's Sky is currently one of the PS4's most hotly anticipated titles, and quite right too. An infinitely huge expanse of planets and deep space randomised on the atomic level? 'Next-gen' rarely sounded more appropriate.
However, plenty of PC gamers became very excited after the January reveal, but were left spluttering after Sony swooped in to secure PS4 exclusivity. It turns out that Hello Games are indeed planning on bringing No Man's Sky to other platforms... but it's a matter of time.
Timed exclusivity, to be exact. Speaking to EDGE Magazine [August print edition, via Gamespot], Hello Games' Sean Murray explained that the PC was always an important platform, but as development progressed, the team wanted to make the game feel more accessible and solid in performance terms. As such, they decided to lead on the PS4. "I actually got in a bit of trouble for saying that we wanted the game to feel really 'console-y," quoth Murray. "We've always had PC in mind but in my head [console-y] means solid framerate and immediate controls. I think a PC game can be 'console-y' and it's intended as a compliment, but I get in trouble for saying it."
"Unlike most games, the actual hardware really affects what we can do in terms of the richness of the worlds and things like that," he added. "It isn't just adding a veneer of resolution, or extra antialiasing options. It has a real effect on what we can actually do in the universe."
Sounds good to us. PS4 owners can get on board with the recklessly innovative and experimental project day-one, benefiting from Sony's extra injection of resources and hopefully Project Morpheus compatibility in time. Sony's support of independent studios has been exemplary and this should be no exception. Eventually, then, PC owners can get on board and start furiously modding (again, hopefully with Oculus Rift VR functionality). Xbox platforms have not been mentioned.
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