No Man's Sky launches today on console

After delays, anticipation, and a few death threats along the way, No Man's Sky is finally out! On console, anyhow; PC users are going to have to wait a little bit longer, although the team is still in the building hard at work on getting the PC release going. The game's release has been accompanied by a heartfelt message to reviewers in the Australian neck of the woods.

So how's the actual game shaping up? Well, for one thing, players hoping for a multiplayer component as an active element of play will be sadly disappointed, as Hello Games has made it clear that actually meeting another player is incredibly unlikely. Early impressions have also stressed that the game's survival aspects are more of a driving element than the exploration, with the exploration more of a requirement to survive than something you simply do. Check out a roundup of our own coverage below, and let us know if you're enjoying the game's console launch or waiting for the PC launch down in the comments.

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Source: Rock Paper Shotgun, VG24/7 (1, 2), IGN, Polygon
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theeknighthood
theeknighthood

I have watched a few streams and while it looks good I am a bit disappointed that it looks like the ship lands for you on the surface, and it seems to do the planetary decent as well, does anyone know if this is all automated?

I hope not or if it is I hope you can switch it to manual :)

theeknighthood
theeknighthood

I am also confused by the amount of human beings who are shocked that they cannot find other people in this game, I have not followed the game very closely but even I knew from way back when I watched an interview and he explained that you cannot see other players.

People must live under rocks

tobascodagama
tobascodagama

According to players on Reddit there's a minimum altitude that you can't fly beneath, and the landing process is fully automated.

Karl_Hungus
Karl_Hungus

@tobascodagama 

Yes, the landing process is fully automated and the game has no problems making your ship clip with the uneven terrain you're landing on either so the graphics and collision tech aren't perfect. As far as the minimum altitude goes, I've cruised above the surface of planets with ease, traveling from one waypoint to the next without any issues. I've hovered directly above stations without being forced to land or anything like that, but I did notice if you're too high up in the planet's atmosphere, you'll start "burning up" like you'd expect any space vessel to do upon reentry, etc. I'd imagine if you got too close to the ground, you'd experience some sort of problem too. So basically, if you want to cruise around the planet you're on, find that sweet spot between ground and space and ride it out just like airplanes do. Just remember the tale of Icarus. Mind your altitude.

Estranged
Estranged

Last two screens, I promise.   :-)  



Estranged
Estranged

@McSleaz Because it is a hot gaming topic.  This section is like Groundhog Day.  

Lateris
Lateris

I remembered If you are not in the same session you will not see each other. Each session is limited to 30 people. Either way I don't mind playing this game by myself. But someone should really make an MMO this large. I love this game. 

Armsbend
Armsbend

@Estranged @Lateris i posted that steam showed up single player and people tried to argue with me it was a typo.  at this point it is just a psychology experiment for me.  i'm glad you are digging it :)

Armsbend
Armsbend

@Lateris that is good because this is a single player game.  there is no multiplayer aspect of this game in any way - outside of a leaderboard where you can name things and people can see it.  


think pac man - where your score is hosted online.  that is what this is.  

Estranged
Estranged

@Lateris I love being alone!  That is the point!  I'm about to get back to it, took a nap to process.  lol

Armsbend
Armsbend

@Estranged @Lateris according to the lead developer and face of the game it wasn't.  His company will fry for this.  He just should have been more honest about it.

Estranged
Estranged

@Armsbend @Estranged @Lateris The game is marvel to me - if folks want to rage over the issue, when he said the chances of meeting were basically naught...


Some folks just prefer to burn it to the ground.  

Estranged
Estranged

@Armsbend @Estranged @Lateris I learned about this a few weeks ago - didn't hear the years of chatter.  Sometimes ignorance is bliss!  LOL


Yeah, I can see the debate over if this website should cover the game.  



Armsbend
Armsbend

@Estranged @Lateris basically naught and impossible because it doesn't exist are two very different things.  This very website covers it because he said it is multiplayer.  It isn't.  It is single player.  so to me, it makes the staff at MOP look like they didn't do their diligence.  Not their fault really they were lied to as well (although they should have seen through the bullshit).  people bought the game thinking it was multi when it wasn't.


if someone lies to you and you spend money are you normally upset?  I am.

Estranged
Estranged

@Armsbend @Estranged @Lateris  I know you and we need people of your personality type to question things.  No harm in it.  it isn't like you are sending Sean death threats!  

TheDonDude
TheDonDude

@Silverlock Assuming it wasn't a bug or something, it was probably a good call to not code something that's meant to be super rare.  Probably not a good idea to be vague about whether the feature existed, though.

Silverlock
Silverlock

@TheDonDude @Silverlock I think the problem is is that Sean is one of those people who is constitutionally incapable of giving a yes or no answer. Anytime a word or two would do he needs to use twelve or more words.

Estranged
Estranged

@Silverlock People.  People.  People.  Humans.  Ugh.  Why would anyone think this is multi-player?  

Armsbend
Armsbend

@Estranged @Silverlock the developer said in multiple interviews it was.  normally who cares right?  companies lie all the time but the way he lies is odd.  He lies in places he doesn't need to.  Like it is a compulsion.


I'd stake your eternal soul that there are no where near 18 quintillion planets for instance.  I believe he simply made that number up for some reason like he made other things up.


It is interesting.

Estranged
Estranged

@Armsbend @Estranged @Silverlock Design decisions could have been made, cause his tune changed the closer the game got to launch.  In theory, a game like this could just continue to generate systems, right?  Any crazy number would be valid.

Armsbend
Armsbend

@Estranged @Silverlock who knows maybe?  how can you believe things he says when he doesn't tell people what true facts are?  maybe there are 1000 fixed planets and he assumes no one would ever want to visit them all.

Armsbend
Armsbend

@Estranged @Silverlock before the reddit thread was locked I read a lot of planets are simply color switches on the lifeforms.


ok, for bed for real now this one will be fun for the rest of the week :)

Smiggins
Smiggins

I might get it but the lack of multiplayer sucks.

Estranged
Estranged

Some undoctored pictures from PS4, they captured at a lower resolution (picture 2 is a fail, for some reason) due to my bandwidth issues today:


PC should be great.  

Silverlock
Silverlock

@Estranged I really like the 4th picture I was worried that the game wouldn't generate anything as grand as that.

JinxysKaru
JinxysKaru

@Estranged Personally i can't understand the 620 Negative reviews on metacritic . Who listens to Metacritic anyway psh ... MY idea from getting this game from the start was solely due to the "infinite" exploration. These screens really appeal top the explorer in me. Not every game needs to be focused on killing and multiplayer to be enjoyable. Some of most memorable gaming moments have in fact been in single player games. As it stands in my comment yesterday, I'm still going in with no expectations or really any clue what it's entirely all about.. Other than that i want to explore and experience the largest procedural generation universes ever made.


That in itself is a technical marvel to to me.


Thanks for the screens. I wait quietly and patiently for the 13th for the game to release. Also very glad Sean Murray stayed up late one night just to add in 21:9 support. Yay for UltraWide.. 


- Jinxy 

Estranged
Estranged

@Silverlock @Estranged Oh, I'm not good at remembering to capture screens - there were better views!


It is a spectacular game.  PC owners will be pleased.  

Estranged
Estranged

@JinxysKaru @Estranged  Awesome!  Well, if you want to explore - you have your game.  I'm about to jump back in and take my time.  My take is what they have pulled off is a first in gaming.  They should be proud!

Estranged
Estranged

Unless a streamer is really playing the game as intended, I wouldn't take their word. People are amazing, they will try to rush or break anything.

Why waste their time trying to meet others? Even if they were close, would be specks. Space is called space for a reason, there is a lot of it.

Anyway, I enjoyed my playtime. Saw some crazy critters and biomes. Will post some pics in a bit.

Cartap
Cartap

@Estranged It was two people streaming simultaneously and meeting at the same spot on a station and on planet I think. It's on reddit and it looks very much real.

Cartap
Cartap

Looks like the player "meetup" might have happened now between two streamers, psytocat and thesadcactus. They were not able to see each other.

thatchefdude
thatchefdude

Really wanted buy digital last night, but I have over $200 of unused Gamestop credit from their crazy promotion last month on trade-ins and I can't see dropping money on PSN when I have all that credit.... I supposed I could buy $200 worth of PSN cards..

Karl_Hungus
Karl_Hungus

I'm playing it now and it's fucking awesome. I crash-landed on an inhabitable planet with a radioactive atmosphere. My life support systems were low, my multi-tool was damaged. Mining drill at half capacity. Sensors etc completely offline. Everything was broken. I had just enough juice in my gun to harvest the materials needed to fully charge it. And it just goes on from there, repairing everything while keeping my protective suit functioning. Now I've discovered a waypoint to expand my reach for natural resources and have begun repairing my ship. Funnily enough, I got a preorder bonus ship and when I redeemed it, the game replaced the broken starter ship with my preorder ship, but it was broken in the same way. So no shortcut there. I still have to repair the ship in order to take off. I'm sure the preorder ship's advantages will show in space once I get her airborne. 

But overall yeah, it's great. It's everything I thought it would be going into it. I feel sorry for anyone who thinks there should be more to this game; what's there is more than enough for the kind of game it's trying to be. I don't think this game should get any press on this site though unless it's expressly involving two players actually interacting. While it is entirely possible that you'll run into someone, the chances are so abysmally small that it would make the interaction worthy of press. Forty two years from now, "Breaking News! Multiplayer interaction finally happened in No Man's Sky!" Yeah, it's a survival sandbox but the box is infinitely bigger than any other box to come before it. Have fun wading through all the sand trying to find someone. It's a needle in over eighteen quintillion haystacks.


Armsbend
Armsbend

@Karl_Hungus all it takes is an internet forum and two people coordinating.  Meet me at latitude 32' long 148.89' on the 20th of this month.  If two people show up - Eureka!  They both meet at the same point.  The only way he could combat this is on a fixed universe with people starting at the furthest points possible from each other.  which they do not possess the talent or time to do.

Karl_Hungus
Karl_Hungus

@Armsbend @Karl_Hungus 

Starting your statement with "All it takes is.." does not respect the true size of this game and how discovery works. But by all means, proceed with your plan. I'll be here when reality sets in. Happy exploring! :)

Cartap
Cartap

@Karl_Hungus @Armsbend Looks like a planet discovered by a player was already found. It at least means that the distances between every player can't be that vast. Only a matter of time before a meeting happens.

Estranged
Estranged

I'm having a blast, even with the pressure of streaming from the start.

It was a cluster at the beginning, like you said and I loved it!

Naming these places is awesome. Plus, they reward you with a little scratch.

luxundae
luxundae

Is it actually possible to even encounter another human player?  Like, does the engine itself and the networking model support it, it's just that statistically it will never happen?  Or, since statistically it would never happen, did they not bother to build support for it into the underlying infrastructure?

thatchefdude
thatchefdude

@luxundae They've already said that even 10 years from now, and with all the players who play the game over that time span, roughly 99% of the planets will be unexplored...

There are 18 quintillion (that's a million billions) of planets in the game...

Even if 10M copies are sold and played over the next decade, that's still 100M planets per person...

Even if 50M copies are sold and played over the next decade, which would make it one of the greatest selling games of all time, still 2M planets person would be present...

Armsbend
Armsbend

it is true.  a fun mystery to unravel.  even though I'm confident I'm right I do look forward to seeing how people figure it out.  and if I'm wrong, I'm looking forward to someone throwing it right back in my face!


ARMSBEND FACED!

Cartap
Cartap

@luxundae Seems really strange that they would code in multiplayer support if it practically never happens. Why would you waste resources like that?

thatchefdude
thatchefdude

@Cartap @luxundae It could theoretically happen, its just extremely rare...

I need to find the article, someone calculated that you have a better chance of getting 5/6 lottery numbers matched two draws in a row than encountering someone.

luxundae
luxundae

@thatchefdude @Cartap @luxundae In that case, I'm with Cartap...why would they waste the time to build support for it into the game?  (I suspect they didn't, and they're just being cagey about acknowledging that.)

thatchefdude
thatchefdude

@luxundae @thatchefdude @Cartap No, its in there... It's designed a single player experience in a linked universe, which shares statistics through the Atlas...

So when players discover things, they are added to the Atlas and you can learn about these things.

Armsbend
Armsbend

@thatchefdude @Cartap @luxundae it is the easiest thing in the world for two people to share coordinates and meet at that exact location.  Expect someone to do it relatively quickly and discover that there never was multiplayer.  then you'll be able to reference where the developer 1) lied about there being multiplayer and 2) said there was no multiplayer.


there is no theory in this online.  two people fucking meet.  Its so fucking easy to test it is ridiculous.

thatchefdude
thatchefdude

@Armsbend @thatchefdude @Cartap @luxundae If the universe is that large, how long do you suppose it would take to travel from one place to the other to meet someone? What if it took you 30 hours of game time each heading toward each other?

Would two people really spend 30 hours of game time just travelling towards each other?

Armsbend
Armsbend

@thatchefdude @Armsbend @Cartap @luxundae of course they will.  people spend countless hours doing to most stupid things possible in gaming.  30 hours might as well be zero hours.  a person in eve recently spent 2 years visitng every zone. 


it will be more interesting to see if everyone starts out at a fixed location.

thatchefdude
thatchefdude

@Armsbend @thatchefdude @Cartap @luxundae I believe in the 2014 interview with Murray, he said it was sort of random but slightly influenced by the current population dispersion in the universe....

I believe they are trying to keep the universe relatively equally sparse, rather  than have a large amount of people spawned in a few thousand galaxies that are close to each other (relatively)

Cartap
Cartap

@Armsbend @thatchefdude @Cartap @luxundae I bet there are already people trying to get to where the streamers are. Once the game launches on PC that number will skyrocket.

I guess it's something to be excited about even if it ends up being a disappointment in the end.

Armsbend
Armsbend

@Silverlock to be honest I kind of wanted to be faced on this one.  I get the game wasn't about multiplayer but it would have made it much more interesting imo.


I dont care what mop covers but this is one game that doesnt belong on the site. ;_;