While most game companies strive to create huge open worlds, Hello Games has outdone them all – their new game No Man’s Sky, unveiled at Sony’s E3 press conference, has created an endless open universe.
At the press conference, Sean Murray of Hello Games demonstrated a few minutes of gameplay. Of course, seeing how the universe looks when the camera zooms out was the key highlight, and it was truly amazing: each of the thousands of stars comes with its solar system, each planet in the solar system different from one another.
Billions of combinations of these systems exist in the game – the universe expands as you play, and the new, inhabitable worlds are procedurally generated and added to the universe as the game progresses. This means that there is no way for a single player to see all of them – even if you cooperated with all other players of the game, you wouldn’t be able to do that, because of the game’s scope. Doesn’t this remind you of real life in our own universe?
Sean Murray has demonstrated and explained that there are no paths you are obliged to walk and no mandatory quests – you are free to choose whatever you want to be (explorer, hunter, trader) and go your own way.
Going your own way can include destruction – each of the planets is destructible in full! You can literally tear worlds apart in No Man’s Sky.
Speaking of destruction, the game offers many possibilities to those of us who aren’t pacifists – you can engage in space or land combat. In space combat, for example, two sides in a war can fight to gain control of a territory and you are free to choose to help whomever you wish. If you are the peaceful kind, you can escape the battle and continue with your exploration. You will not be forced to fight in this game.
The sheer scale of the game itself is enough to fill you with awe, and when the endless possibilities for exploration and combat are considered, it is hard to imagine a bigger game than No Man’s Sky. Hello Games would like this to remain the single biggest game of all time – we will see if that will be the case.