No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky is an upcoming adventure survival video game developed and published by the indie British studio Hello Games. Players are free to explore the entirety of a procedurally generated deterministic open universe, which includes over 18 quintillion (1.8×1019) planets, many with their own set of flora and fauna.[1] By exploring, players will gain information about the planets that they can submit to The Atlas, a universal database that can be shared with other players of the game. Players also gain materials and blueprints to upgrade their character's equipment and purchase a variety of starships, allowing them to travel deeper into the center of the galaxy, or trade with other ships. Some activities will draw the attention of Sentinels which will attempt to kill the player-character for killing too many lifeforms or draining too many resources from these planets. Players participate in a shared universe, with the ability to exchange planet coordinates with friends, though the game will also be fully playable offline; this is enabled by the procedural generation system that assures players will find the same planet with the same features, lifeforms, and other aspects once given the planet coordinates, requiring no further data to be stored or retrieved from game servers.

How To Play No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky is a first-person, open universe survival game. Players take the role of a planetary explorer in an uncharted galaxy. They are equipped with a survival spacesuit with a jetpack, a "multitool" which can be used to scan, mine, and collect resources as well as to attack or defend oneself from creatures and other entities while on a planet, and a spacecraft that allows them to land and take-off from planets and travel between them and engage in combat with other space-going vessels.[3] The player-character is looking to collect information on the planets and the lifeforms and other features of these planets to upload to The Atlas, a galactic database as depicted in the game's cover artwork, which they are paid for with units, the in-game currency.[4] Units are used to purchase new survival gear, tools, and spacecraft with more powerful abilities and defenses, allowing the player to explore more of the galaxy and survive in more hostile environments.[5] Such upgrades can work in synergistic effects; the scanning feature of the multitool initially starts as a short-ranged directed beam, but can be upgraded to have much longer range, spanning all directions, and locating minerals and other resources buried in the ground.[3]

Heroes of No Man's Sky

Core to No Man's Sky is that its virtual galaxy, including the stars, planets, lifeforms, ecosystems, and the behavior of the space-bound factions are all created through random procedural generation using deterministic algorithms. A single seed number is used to create these features via mathematical computation thus eliminating the need to create each of these features by hand. This enables the game to have a massively open nature: Hello Games has estimated that with their 64-bit seed number, their virtual galaxy will include over 18 quintillion planets.[10] Any player will be able to visit a specific planet once they know its galactic coordinates, given their spacecraft has the capability to do so, and find the same features as any other player, as these coordinates serve as the seed for the planet's topography, environment, and flora and fauna. This also enables the game to be played locally offline in addition to online, as there is no server-side storage of the galaxy, with all details being generated on-the-fly as the user plays the game.[6] However, players will need to be online to register their finds to the Atlas.[4] Though the player may temporarily alter aspects of the planet, such as by mining resources, these changes are only tracked while the player is on the planet; once they leave, or when visited by others, the changes will disappear.[6] Internal game time will also play a factor, as creatures on planets will evolve, and effects of erosion will occur as the game progresses.[11

Games Similar To No Man's Sky