No Man’s Sky features an expansive, procedurally generated universe that players navigate using an upgradable spacecraft. Upon reaching new planets, players can disembark in order to observe and document alien flora and fauna within a user-curated online database.
Developer Hello Games warns that not all planets in No Man’s Sky are welcoming to outsiders. In addition to passively documenting their surroundings, players must adapt wilderness survival skills in order to fully explore the game’s harsh alien environments. Explorers must also learn new alien languages in order purchase materials and blueprints for ship upgrades.
The PlayStation 4 version of No Man’s Sky will see a Blu-ray edition release at retail in June, and PC players can pre-order an Explorer’s Edition that includes a 1:35 scale metal ship replica, a hard-enamel traveler’s pin, a diorama display backdrop, and a No Man’s Sky digital code redeemable via Steam or GOG.com. The Explorer’s Edition of No Man’s Sky is limited to 10,000 units, and will ship to pre-order customers in late June.
Though No Man’s Sky offers a boundless universe to explore, developer Hello Games revealed that it plans to introduce new content in the months after the game’s initial launch.
“(A retail release) gives us the best chance possible to keep supporting the game for free after it is released,” Hello Games managing director Sean Murray stated. “No Man’s Sky will launch as a complete game in June, but there’s a lot we’d like to add post-launch, if we can.”