It’s coming! We all know that. So far, anything has been pure speculation, save for multiplayer. Well, you can now pre-order the game from Gamestop. I have posted below the text from the website and I am going to highlight some of what I consider the most interesting factual nuggets:
Inspired by classic science-fiction and its overwhelming sense of adventure and imagination, Hello Games presents a game of unprecedented scale and ambition. In No Man’s Sky you explore an infinite universe where you will discover unique never-before-seen planets and lifeforms.
A mystery lies at the centre of the galaxy, an irresistible pulse that draws you on an epic voyage to discover the true nature of the cosmos. Your journey will be charged with danger, encountering hostile creatures and fierce pirates, in order to survive you will need to prepare, upgrading your ship, suit and weapons.
Whether you choose to fight, trade or explore, every decision you make has consequences, shaping your journey as you travel ever deeper into No Man’s Sky.
Now includes full multiplayer - You’ll be able to explore the universe with your friends, or bump into random travellers. You can help friends to stay alive, or prey on others to survive. Tiny shelters or complex colonies that you build as a team are shared for all players. Fight as a pirate or a wingman in epic space battles with friends and enemies. Race exocraft across weird alien terrains, creating race tracks and trails to share online.
Embark on an epic voyage - Learn the true nature of the cosmos. Facing hostile creatures and fierce pirates, you’ll know that death comes at a cost, and survival will be down to the choices you make over how you upgrade your ship, your weapon and suit.
Find your own destiny - Your voyage through No Man’s Sky is up to you. Will you be a fighter, preying on the weak and taking their riches, or taking out pirates for their bounties? Or a trader? Find rich resources on forgotten worlds and exploit them for the highest prices. Or perhaps an explorer? Go beyond the known frontier and discover places and things that no one has ever seen before.
Share your journey - The galaxy is a living, breathing place. Trade convoys travel between stars, factions vie for territory, pirates hunt the unwary, and the police are ever watching. Every other player lives in the same galaxy, and you can choose to share your discoveries with them on a map that spans known space. Perhaps you will see the results of their actions as well as your own…
Includes all updates - The Xbox One version is enhanced for Xbox One X (HDR, 4K and more) and includes the Foundation, Pathfinder and Atlas Rises updates. Added base building/sharing, planetary vehicles, weapon specialisation, permadeath mode, a brand new and overhauled central story line, portals, a new procedural mission system, trade improvements, system economies, joint exploration and much more.
OK, first off:
You’ll be able to explore the universe with your friends, or bump into random travellers.
By implying we will cross paths with others, seems to show players will be in more abundance in your local region. Perhaps they mean “…when you travel to more populated areas”? This sounds similar to how Sean talked during the Xbox show, not a major new idea.
Tiny shelters or complex colonies that you build as a team are shared for all players.
Wow! that means that we will have true persistent structures that are visible to all. We can surely kiss the “don’t claim a base here” problem that is in the game now goodbye. It also confirms multiple ownership of structures. SWEET!
Facing hostile creatures and fierce pirates, you’ll know that death comes at a cost
The way this is worded, implies that there will also be NPC pirates, similar to how they are now, with bounties. But they sound much more prevalent and maybe even travel in packs?
Reading further we get:
Go beyond the known frontier and discover places and things that no one has ever seen before.
( In Spock voice) Very interesting…
The galaxy is a living, breathing place. Trade convoys travel between stars, factions vie for territory, pirates hunt the unwary, and the police are ever watching.
Much of this living and breathing will have to be by NPC, which makes this sound like it will be much less lonely universe than Sean originally envisioned. Whether that is for the better will have to be seen. Police? Did you say Police…I guess they are going to either re-brand the sentinels or come up with a new NPC police force, I hope they call it the “Space Force”.
OK, here’s the biggie for me:
Every other player lives in the same galaxy, and you can choose to share your discoveries with them on a map that spans known space. Perhaps you will see the results of their actions as well as your own…
OMFG! There’s going to be a map that shows what we are doing and discovering in realtime! And no more 255 galaxies, right? I mean how could they say that if we were all spread out on different platforms and different galaxy versions? That could be what prompted the “bump into a stranger” tagline above?
Anyhow, feel free to discuss, I saw this listing yesterday and wanted to share with all the little interlopers out there.