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What is No Man’s Sky?

July 28, 2016 by DW Play Guides
What is No Man’s Sky?

No Man’s Sky is a sci-fi game created by indie studio Hello Games for PC and PS4. The game is set in a procedurally universe which features over 18 quintillion planets, that’s 18,000,000,000,000,000,000!


Procedural generation means that unlike traditional games which have worlds and levels crafted by hand No Man’s Sky generates every planet, creature, plant, ship and other aspects using a set of rules defined by some very clever maths formulas. As a result the worlds and it’s objects will be totally unique for each person who plays the game, every players experience will be totally different.

So… what do you do in No Man’s Sky?

As you can imagine the main object of the game is to explore the vast, uncharted universe. You’ll see things no one else has ever seen before. The end goal is to reach the mysterious centre of the universe, what’s there? Nobody knows…

Along the way you’ll experience epic space battles in your ship, unearth ancient artefacts, secrets & languages, fight for survival in harsh environments, gather resources to upgrade your tools and ship, and you’ll see some beautiful sights.

You might choose to be a space pirate and cause havoc across the universe, or maybe you’ll be a humble trader moving from one system to the next. How you play is entirely up to you.

What is Athena?

Athena is a discoveries database and companion website for the game. Explorers can upload photos and detailed properties for planets, creatures, plant life, ships and pretty much anything else you might stumble on in the vast universe.

SOLD… How do I play?

No Man’s Sky is available on PS4 from August 9th in North America and August 10th in Europe, and on PC worldwide on August 12th. Here’s how to get hold of it:

on Playstation

for PC


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