No Man’s Sky is a first-person, open world survival game being developed by indie studio Hello Games. It will release on PS4 on Wednesday, August 10th and Microsoft Windows on Friday, August 12th. The most interesting feature of No Man’s Sky is its virtual universe, which uses procedural generation using algorithms and random number generators to create unique worlds. It is said that there are over 18 quintillion planets to discover, and players are free to interact and explore however they may.
You take the role of a planetary explorer who is equipped with a survival spacesuit, which includes a jetpack and a multitool that allows you to scan, mine and collect resources. You can also attack or defend yourself from the variety of creatures that exist on the planets. Your spaceship allows you to travel between planets and also engage in combat mid travel. The game doesn’t have a critical story component but it is encouraged to journey to the centre of the universe as an ‘endgame’ point.