No Man’s Sky has neither missions nor collectibles

No Man’s Sky is a big game, what with 18 quintillion planets that would take 600 billion hours for players to explore, according to Kill Screen. The website recently talked with the game’s managing director Sean Murray, and the resulting interview is a lengthy one, though it probably won’t take you 600 billion hours to read.

There’s little in the way of gameplay information or reveals, as the piece focuses on what it’s like to be a struggling indie game dev and picks Murray’s brain regarding the genesis of the project. Murray does offer an interesting nugget on why the game lacks traditional busywork, though. “Somebody said, ‘Aren’t you worried about the fact that the game doesn’t have missions or quests or collectibles, and would you consider putting those in?’ And I had a kind of little breakdown. I was just saying, like, because I have this argument with myself all the time, because it would be really easy to put those things in. And we think that, fundamentally, there are enough games that have those concepts.”

The game has a new PSX video, which we’ve included below.

Source: Kill Screen
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Matso
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Matso

No mision and no rewards sor of make me imagine GTA with its city and no stroy mode ,missions progresssion etc.

CistaCista
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CistaCista

Jacra CistaCista Thanks all, interesting game :)

Jacra
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Jacra

CistaCista 
The crystals you see cropping out are resources you can collect, process and trade at certain hubs at each planet for money, upgrades for your gear or ship. You will need to upgrade your equipment and ship if you want to survive in fights with the sentinels or creatures (there are herbivores and carnivors, the latter very much can attack you) or space battles with NPC civilizations that for example might block planets. There are lots of videos with information out there by now but they are unfortunately rather scattered.

Jacra
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PurpleCopper 
There IS collectibles: every planet, creature, plant is new and unknown and needs discovering – and being entered into the library to count (with ones name tag as discoverer). You might discover something and not make it to the upload terminal intact which means it won’t show up with your name and as species or whatever that has been found.
But there is no premade list of “6 billion to find, 5 billion to go!” nature.

Jacra
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A Dad Supreme 
Are you sure you can name them manually? I recall the names are generated, only revealed/given upon discovery/entry into the library.

DasBenty
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DasBenty

LordOfBread Hello, I’m interested in your magic dice and would like to contribute to your kickstarter

LordOfBread
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LordOfBread

damn I wish companies would stop advertising with ludicrously big numbers a random generation program is able to create. It´s like saying “hey I have this magic dice here and if I live a million years rolling that dice for a million years 24 hours a day writing down the number, I can create a number sequence so long it reaches from earth to the sun! Incredible….!”

and useless trivia nerds all over the world applauded with standing ovations

rioinsignia
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rioinsignia

So…last I heard (I don’t follow this game very closely) there’s no actual grouping mechanic, no missions, no collectibles, not an MMO…..
Now, for my playstyle…this concept sounds very…..shallow.  Though I’m sure others will like it.

rioinsignia
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rioinsignia

disUserNameTake reuscherf See them yes…but the game universe is that big, you could be waiting quite a while for a friend to find you on a particular planet. And even then, I believe I read somewhere that there’s no “grouping” mechanic.

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disUserNameTake cures i know how long it takes to make a game. i know there has to be marketing before release. and i know bad marketing. bad marketing is creating a steep curve of hype, then letting it drop slowly just to (maybe) release a product, no one is interested in any longer. i want to be surprised by (finished!) titles that werent on my radar for … decades?. steam is a perfect platform for that.