The gaming community has largely been abuzz about the upcoming space game from Hello Games called No Man’s Sky, dating back to at least E3 2015. With a total of 18 quintillion planets – a number so large that it’s basically just words to me since I can’t wrap my mind around it – and a fresh, clean visual aesthetic, many gamers are waiting with bated breath for a chance to play it. That time is coming soon, although how soon depends on your platform of choice.
No Man’s Sky releases on PlayStation 4 this Tuesday, August 9th and despite its online components you will not need a PlayStation Plus subscription to get everything out of the experience. All players will be able to name and upload their discoveries of new alien animal and plant life, as well as interact with other players (on the exceedingly rare chance you encounter anyone in a game world with 18,000,000,000,000,000,000 different planets to explore).
PC gamers, on the other hand, have a slightly longer wait, until Friday, August 12th. The rationale behind this being that Hello Games wanted a global release of the PC version, though that hasn’t stopped people from linking the change to Sony trying to push the PS4 version out ahead of PC. Oh, and if you’re and Xbox One or Wii U gamer, well… let’s just hope you have one of the other platforms available, since No Man’s Sky isn’t making stops on either of those two.
We’ll be here with a First Opinion and a review after No Man’s Sky’s release this week, so stick around for that.