41 Amazing Things About No Man’s Sky

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41 Amazing Things About No Man’s Sky

Hello, PlayStation.Blog! I’m Alex, from Hello Games. Hope you’re well! How’s your summer going? Ours? We’re kinda recovered from E3, where Sean showed off live No Man’s Sky gameplay for the first time. It has been a big relief that people seemed to like it. You can’t know just how scary it is to show a game as open-ended as No Man’s Sky live on a stage for an audience of millions.

Since then, we’ve also been super proud that IGN has devoted July’s IGN First to No Man’s Sky. We hope you’ve had a chance to see some of the amazing articles that they’ve published, maybe including this 18-minute video of Sean exploring a planet.

We’ve been thinking, though, that No Man’s Sky is pretty good at hiding its secrets, and that there there are some facts about the game that might not be so obvious — facts that help it all make sense, and come alive. So we’ve put together a list of 41 things about the game that you might not realize. We hope you enjoy them, and thanks so much for all your support.

It’s been so amazing to share with you what we’ve been doing over the past few months.

Things about space


The universe isn’t actually infinite

  • Computers don’t really do infinity very well. But there are 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 planets in the universe. If you visit each one for a single second, it will take you 585 billion years to see them all, so it may as well be.

No Man's Sky, Galactic Map

The universe isn’t random

  • Everything exists for a reason, and is governed by maths. Maths means every detail is always consistent and makes sense, the result of hundreds of rules we’ve made to make a sci-fi universe we want to explore. And anyway, computers just aren’t very good at random, either.

The universe isn’t stored on your hard disk or on server somewhere

  • The world around you is generated by your PS4 at the point you visit it. Leave and it’s all thrown away, but if you return it is generated again exactly as it was. This also means the game will be completely playable offline.

No Man’s Sky isn’t an MMO

  • The sheer size of the universe means that everyone is going to be super far apart, and it’s super unlikely that people will even visit the same planets.

There are bots exploring the universe right now

  • We have sent a set of bots out into the void to send back to us gifs of planets. We can quickly review the gifs, lots at a time, to see what kinds of things are out there, and ensure it’s varied and interesting.

No Man's Sky, Cave

Things about exploring


There isn’t a story to follow

  • There are no cutscenes or characters, but there is a big objective: getting to the center of the universe. We don’t want to tell you a story, we want you to tell your own. No Man’s Sky is about your journey.

You will make true discoveries

  • Be the first to visit a planet, or be the first to scan a species of creature, and you will be recorded as its discoverer when you upload it at a beacon for all the world to see. You can also choose to name them. (There will be filters!)

No Man's Sky, Monolith

The Atlas is everything everyone has ever discovered

  • The No Man’s Sky symbol stands for the database of all the things that players have discovered and chosen to share with the world. It’s perhaps the most important thing in the universe, and will contain findings that even we have no idea about.

You’ll find ancient artifacts and crashed ships

  • They may lead to you discovering new technologies, which can give your ship, suit, and multitool new or improved abilities.

A jetpack is an explorer’s best friend

  • It can get you out of all sorts of trouble, and take you to places you wouldn’t otherwise be able to access.
Things about planets


Planets are defined by their position in space

  • If they’re close to their sun they’ll tend to be more barren; further away and they’ll tend to be cold. The planets in between tend to be richer with life.

Most planets are barren

  • Few planets will be dense with plant life and animals. Most will be barren, but even barren planets can be sources of great wealth.

No Man's Sky, Montage 7

Planets can be toxic

  • Some planets are death traps, with radiation or other hazards that will kill you in minutes. To survive you’ll need to upgrade your suit.

Every distant mountain is a real place

  • No Man’s Sky doesn’t only generate the environment immediately around you. It also generates the whole planet at a lower level of detail, so every distant object on the horizon is a real place that you can go to.

Planets have days and nights

  • Fly down to the night side of a planet, and you’ll find the land in darkness. Different creatures will be awake while daytime creatures sleep.
Things about ships


It’s worth upgrading your ship

  • Ships offer varying capacity for being upgraded, whether speed, maneuverability, jump drive range, or weapon power.

You can only have one ship at a time

  • Choose a ship that suits what you want to do, whether trading (large cargo capacity), fighting (good speed and weapons) or exploring (a long jump drive distance). Want to do something new? You can always get a new one.

You’ll shop for new ships

  • Space stations sell a rolling stock of ships. If you see one you want, you’ll need to grab it before new stock comes in.

No Man's Sky, Space Station Tube

You won’t be left without a ship

  • If you die and have no money, a basic ship is always available for free. It won’t have a hyperdrive, but you’ll be able to fly to planets again to rebuild.

You need fuel

  • You can fly for as long as you like in a star system, but to make jumps between systems you’ll need hyperdrive fuel, which you can buy from space stations or mine from planet surfaces.
Things about combat


You can get a wanted level

  • Upsetting the balance of planets by mining them too heavily or killing creatures will see you being hunted down by the Sentinels, and attacking craft in space will attract the attention of the police. The more you do, the stronger they will retaliate.

The Sentinels aren’t everywhere

  • Not every planet is policed, making these lawless playgrounds valuable sources of resources.

Space is not quiet

  • Factions constantly vie for territory across the entire universe. Choose to help one faction and it may reward you. Attack another and it’ll remember. But you can also try to avoid conflict completely.

No Man's Sky, Blue Space

You can side with factions

  • If you’re friendly enough with a faction, it can provide you with support that might protect you as you face its rivals.

Your multitool is an adaptable weapon

  • Multitools have a basic firing mode, but some come with different, more powerful attacks, or you might find technologies to upgrade them.

Death isn’t the end

  • But it’s a problem. If you die on a planet, you’ll find yourself revived back at your ship having lost what you hadn’t stowed and discoveries you hadn’t uploaded. If you die in space, you find yourself revived at the nearest space station, without your ship, items and discoveries.
Things about creatures


Planets are populated by unique creatures

  • Creatures are procedurally generated, with wildly varying shapes, sizes, colorations, and behaviours. You will discover countless new species on your journey.

Animal calls are procedurally generated

  • We’ve created special software that models throats, allowing animal calls to be defined by the shape and sizes of their bodies. Every planet’s soundscape is unique.

Animals may attack you

  • But think twice about retaliating. If Sentinels see you kill a creature they’ll attack you. It’s often best to try to scare creatures or run away, and preserve the natural balance of the planet.

No Man's Sky, Underwater

Animals follow daily routines

  • They will go down to bodies of water to drink and sleep at night, while others will only come out at dark.

Some animals hunt others

  • You’ll see food chains in action, with species being predated by others. You might find that you’re far from being at the top of the chain.
Things about the economy


Units are the universe’s currency

  • You’ll earn Units for many things: selling resources at trading posts, shooting down pirates, uploading discoveries to the Atlas.

Market prices for resources vary

  • You might find lucrative trade routes, mining in one system and selling in another. It might be worth investing in a ship with lots of cargo space to take full advantage.

Space is busy with trade convoys

  • Freighters, led by capital ships, steadily travel along trade routes, sending ships down to trading posts as they go. You can choose to attack them and steal their resources, but you’ll find them heavily defended, and pirates might have the same idea…

No Man's Sky, Purple Space

Resources aren’t just for trading

  • You’ll need them to craft technologies into upgrades. The rarest resources can only be found in certain types of system.

Efficient mining requires certain upgrades

  • Your multitool can always destroy resource crystals, but you’ll need to upgrade it to mine resources held in harder rock. Perhaps there are technologies that will provide greater yields…
Things about the game


It has amazing music

  • 65daysofstatic are Sean’s favorite band, and they’re making No Man’s Sky’s soundtrack album. We are incredibly excited about this.

We held a concert at PlayStation Experience

  • 65daysofstatic came to Las Vegas with us and played a concert. It was incredible. Watch it here.

The music will be procedural

  • 65daysofstatic’s soundtrack will be used to generate procedural music that’s influenced by where you are and what you’re doing. Full songs will play at specific points, but we’ll leave it to you to discover when and why…

No Man’s Sky was inspired by classic sci-fi

  • Especially those amazing, vibrant book covers, which presented a vision of a future that wasn’t grim and in which technology and exploration were points of hope.

Four people built what we showed for the announcement

  • Since then, the No Man’s Sky team has grown, but only a little, to 13 people. We like it real small.

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130 Comments

  • Game might be too big

  • Would there be multiplayer

  • I’ve been playing video games since the original Elite and I have to say that I’ve never been so excited for a game!
    I’ve been waiting for this kinda game for a long, long time!

  • Your SUPER! And I very very must have No Man’s Sky! =) This BIG voyager infinity =) Relise !

  • “The world around you is generated by your PS4 at the point you visit it. Leave and it’s all thrown away, but if you return it is generated again exactly as it was. This also means the game will be completely playable offline.”

    Then I believe the things you change on the planet won’t be there anymore. Just the same planet you visit before. I mean if you kill everything on the planet or destroy something it probably won’t be there anymore….? I can not imagine how all of this will work… do you just keep the data and then generate the graphic from the data you stored?

  • I don’t mind a game that you can play and enjoy forever, but I get intimidated and discouraged by games that are too long / complicated or take too long to reach a point of closure.

    • 40-100 hours to reach the center of the universe for now is the only goal of the game, I intend to trade as much as I can at first to become “rich” and go many places as I am trading. And as well as when I head for the center

  • Hurry up and announce pre order and details so you can take my money

  • It looks amazing, I got worried at first because IGN’s video was skippy and had framerate issues. It would be better if you posted a link for the youtube video as the quality is better. I really hope you can add morpheus support/mode, I would really love to get lost in this game. Also houses? home bases? Anything permanent we can have?

  • Since there’s no 3rd person (all the time), I sadly won’t be playing it. I really wish game developers would realize there’s a large number of people who can’t play 1st person without becoming terribly ill.

  • I can’t wait for the game to come out. Honestly I didn’t want to buy the PS4 but almost last year after I found out about No Man’s Sky, I’m just waiting for the release date. After you announce the release date, I’ll go and buy a PS4. Just for this game. Please announce the date soon!!!

  • You can beam me up…I mean, count me in! Wow! C’es excellent

  • This game really looks amazing! I do hope that maybe after launch they add some story on planets. Would be awesome to stumble on some galactic story and lore and have it play out across planets in the solar system or galaxy. So much potential there I think.

    • You’re in luck, that’s already part of the game.

      There is a discoverable lore, background to the universe if you like that you can find out by exploring the planets. There is also one thing you can do in each solar system to make a permenant change.

  • This was a day 1 for me…until games in Canada jumped to $80 :(

  • I would like to make a point here about people most likely. Not visiting the same planets
    Lets imagine this universe as a perfect sphere containing it’s 18 quintillion planets. Now lets say that we have 500 million. Players all at different places. Lets also say that all of these players go for the center of the universe. The closer people get to the center the more likely it will be for them to see a planet that someone else did.

  • I also want to add that the online community will discover at least 50-80% of the universe within a year

  • I have to get a ps4 if only for this game :)

  • I don’t know if anybody at Hello games will read comments that far in the comment section, but here it goes!

    I’m 40 years old and a gamer since 1983-4 on my old PC. I went across many hyped games like this one over my life on many systems.

    I love space games. Like many space gamers of my generation, I was really into Starflight (PC and Genesis port) and of course, Wing Commander. I’m not really into the “minecraft” phase and this is what I’m afraid of with this game. Helldivers is also a nice game which I’m playing a lot right now, even if it’s a different genre.

    Privateer was another amazing step in space gaming. If this game goes into that direction, then I’m sure it will be remembered for ages.

    I went from PS3 to PS4 for No Man’s Sky and like many, I can’t wait to spend hundreds of hours into that universe. I don’t really care if I meet somebody, but seeing a space ship doing a wing salute will be nice!

    The only reason I will buy a Morpheus kit will be if your game supports it. And I also beleive that this is why your release date hasen’t been announced yet since Sony has their word to say.

    Nice time to be an old gamer.

    Thank you for your hard work and the joy you are giving us.

  • This game gets more amazing every time I read about it. I do wonder though if there is a planet that is earth like. I can see the technical problems this can produce but its still something wonder about.

  • Excited about these “sources of resources.”

  • So the devs are basically god? Anyone wondering if this is how god operates lol.

  • Thank you Hello Games (:

  • This game will probably end up having the ultimate case of developers underestimating players.
    Doubting players will do something when it is “physically” possible in the game is setting yourself up for fail.

  • This looks to be on track to fill the hole in my heart for space exploration that Destiny spectacularly failed to do. It’s also makes my heart all warm to know something like this can be created by such a small group.

  • All the whining and Im just shaking my head cause no matter what Im preordering this game the day it allows it. Being able to play this game offline is awesome. No online required to play will be a huge game seller alone. No worries of online servers going down and the game going useless their after. Offline play means it will go on forever and you can enjoy yourself with no server shutdown worries on at least playing the game and exploring none stop. I can’t wait for this game. Day one buy for me!

  • Death isn’t the end
    But it’s a problem. If you die on a planet, you’ll find yourself revived back at your ship having lost what you hadn’t stowed and discoveries you hadn’t uploaded. If you die in space, you find yourself revived at the nearest space station, without your ship, items and discoveries.

    Um I don’t know about you guys but I hope that was reworded wrong. It says if we die while in space flight we lose everything? I hope that ,eant we lose what we haven’t saved or stored away cause if it means we loser everything we have accumulated and collected and the nice ship we have and have to start from scratch everytime we die while in space that is a huge issue with me. Game breaking in my opinion. They better clear this up if they want me still buying this game.

  • Death isn’t the end
    But it’s a problem. If you die on a planet, you’ll find yourself revived back at your ship having lost what you hadn’t stowed and discoveries you hadn’t uploaded. If you die in space, you find yourself revived at the nearest space station, without your ship, items and discoveries.

    Um I don’t know about you guys but I hope that was worded wrong. It says if we die while in space flight we lose everything? I hope that meant we lose what we haven’t saved or stored away on our ship cause if it means we loser everything we have accumulated and collected through out our space journey for months of collecting and die in space and the nice ship we have we lose and have to start from scratch everytime we die while in space that is a huge issue with me. Game breaking in my opinion. They better clear this up if they want me still buying this game.

    Don’t be like bungie with Destiny. Were we waste hundeds of hours for good guns and when a dlc comes out those guns are usless just as the new update coming will make all current guns useless. I hope in this game we don’t lose everything just by dying in space. Please tell us you worded that wrong. That is game breaking for me.

  • What’s with the SEO click-bait title?

  • I’m lost…

  • This is the game that sold me on getting a PS4!

  • Is there anything preventing taping down the R trigger and pointing your ship toward the center of the galaxy?
    only prevention i can see for this is maybe you could never orient yourself that accurately but I’m sure someone will figure it out.

  • I’m guessing reaching the center will give you the ability to warp/teleport anywhere across the universe instantly.

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