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No Man's Sky revealed as The Best Thing Ever*: Joe Danger devs creating procedurally-generated universe

Jonathan Lester
Exploration, Hello Games, No Man's Sky

*Pretty Much

If you only watch one trailer today, make it this one. We'll wait. Do it.

Yeah. Hello Games, the developers behind Joe Danger, are taxing their four-man team to the limit with No Man's Sky: an entire procedurally-generated universe to explore in a first-person Sci-Fi adventure. Every star in the sky has a planet or two to explore, a galaxy full of players, potential and promise. And space combat. Hinging on the thrill of exploration, No Man's Sky will feature an infinity of planets with their own ecosystems, fauna and flora, all procedurally-generated and waiting for players to discover their secrets.

We need it madly. This is very much what we all want from 'next-gen' gaming experiences. Mind you, release platforms haven't been announced yet (we expect a PC release at bare minimum), though Sony's indie expert Shadid Ahmad is making some interesting (if slightly biological) noises.

To me, No Man's Sky is very reminiscent of MirrorMoon EP, which released earlier this year from Santa Ragione. In fact, it's exactly the same concept, though with a very different art style. If you want a taste of what this might be like, check out our MirrorMoon EP review.

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Breadster  Dec. 9, 2013 at 12:59

I hope it comes to PS4, otherwise I don't see it doing well up against Star Citizen, but you never know.

Crazy Jamie  Dec. 9, 2013 at 13:09

This is the sort of thing that 'next generation' means to me as well. Very interesting indeed.

Late  Dec. 9, 2013 at 15:12

...The Best Thing Ever...

Holy hell, that's not a joke or an exaggeration.
This could be awesome.

Go on, Microsoft - get them signed up before Sony get exclusivity!

davidpanik  Dec. 9, 2013 at 16:51

That looks like mucho fun. The danger with these massive proceduraly generated games is that they can just end up feeling empty and dull (I didn't like A Valley Without Wind or Proteus). Doesn't look it will be the case here though!

Breadster  Dec. 11, 2013 at 10:55

I'd like to know what you actually do in it though. If it's literally just explore, it will get boring, especially in a procedurally generated game. I know these sort of games are supposed to offer potentially limitless things to see but you usually just end up with lots of things that are only marginally different.

I have to admit though, when I saw the player get in the ship and just fly into space with no load screen, I was like "aaawww yeah!"

JonLester  Dec. 11, 2013 at 11:05

From the (scant) details released so far, it's my understanding that exploration is the primary goal - much like MirrorMoon EP or Noctis - but you're also making your way into the centre of the galaxy, stopping off places to refuel and upgrade your ship as well as sightsee.

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