It looks like No Man’s Sky will be a full retail game (with a full retail price)

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Last year, we asked you how much you’d be willing to pay for Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky – an ambitious game that plots out what seems to be an entire, procedurally-generated universe.

According to an early Amazon pre-order, the game would cost $60 Dollars, causing many to give up on the game, because in many minds independently-produced ones are worth less than the stuff put out by large corporate publishers.

At Paris Games week last year, Sony and Hello announced that the game would be coming in June this year, though no word was given about how much it would cost. A new pre-order on the notoriously leaky local website Raru suggests that we’ll be paying full retail price for the game too. Though they have the incorrect date listed (a placeholder of 31 December 2016), they have put the expansive exploration game up at R949.00.


At the current exchange rate, that equals pretty much $60 exactly, which is depressing. Not because No Man’s Sky looks like it’ll be a full retail game, but rather that our currency is becoming increasingly worthless.

“Inspired by classic science-fiction and its overwhelming sense of adventure and imagination, Hello Games presents a game of unprecedented scale and ambition. In No Man’s Sky you explore an infinite universe where you will discover unique never-before-seen planets and lifeforms. A mystery lies at the centre of the galaxy, an irresistible pulse that draws you on an epic voyage to discover the true nature of the cosmos. Your journey will be charged with danger, encountering hostile creatures and fierce pirates; in order to survive, you will need to prepare, upgrading your ship, suit and weapons. Whether you choose to fight, trade or explore, every decision you make has consequences, shaping your journey as you travel ever deeper into No Man’s Sky.”

Are you willing to pay full retail price for No Man’s Sky?

Last Updated: February 10, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Trevor James

    Nope will not be paying that. Digital will be cheaper.

    • Dragon Rider


  • The Sten

  • Guild

    Nope, I’ll wait on it if I ever decide to get it

  • Jac7

    To be honest, I never expected it to be priced any other way. The amount of hype that Sony’s thrown behind it made me think it’s a first party title. I will probably pay that (if it’s good, of course) as it’s one of only 5 games I sold my children for. Can’t let their sacrifice be in vain.

  • Hammersteyn
    • Pariah

      I can’t even bring myself to press the play button. I think I’m more scared of this than any horror movie or game.

      • miaau

        you. are. not. alone.

        • Hammersteyn


        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          I am here with you.

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        Matty to review!

        • Pariah

          LOL! I second this notion…

      • Hammersteyn

        She’s an alien. Must be!

    • JoeD

      I wouldn’t doubt you buy every COD as soon as it comes out though.

  • Pariah

    Is this a PS4 exclusive? Can’t remember. If it’ll be on Steam, we’ll get it cheaper than that horrid R1k price tag. And then I’ll wait for a sale.

    • Steam will have it yes. Already a page available.

      • Pariah

        Then sale it is.

  • R949 PS4

    Bet you R500 Steam.

    • Hammersteyn

      Unless PSN sale. Those do happen from time to time

      • I see your PSN sale and raise you a Steam Sale.

        Your move. 🙂

        • Pariah

          Get rekt

        • Hammersteyn

          No thanks
          *Burrows back into peasants hole

    • lol steam R200 maybe

  • Greylingad[CNFRMD]
    • Hammersteyn


      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        YES! Such an awesome character this dude…

    • Hammersteyn


    • Milk was a bad choice…

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I don’t see why it’s not worth the “AAA” price tag, it’s a massive game with what seems like high production quality.

    Still not interested in it though, game play looks boring to me.

    • miaau

      Exactly my thoughts. If the game has the content, pay the price. It cost the money to get the content. In theory. In fact, because it is not a big time publisher / developer, I believe MORE effort went into it.

      • Pariah

        But everything is made from maths. That’s like. Just some numbers right? Kappa

        • miaau

          Wheeeeell yes. But is that not just the same as sophisticated AI in a games like Mass Effect 3? Just a lot more advanced, I think.

          • Pariah

            1) Google “Kappa”
            2) I was joking. Setting this up is complicated AF.
            3) I think they deserve the money

          • Alien Emperor Trevor


          • Pariah

            I’ll pay them SOME of the money. You know, R1 for every planet I can name myself. I’m not paying for already visited planets or planets I don’t visit. That’s fair, right?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Sure, you’ll just need to be always online & link your credit card to the game.

          • miaau

            Ah. I thought Kappa was a letter of the greek alphabet and did not understand it.

            1) Was never even close to offended
            2) Did not know you were joking, thought healthy debate was order of the day.
            3) They deserve NOTHING from me. I have not a PS4, which, to be honest, is a pity when I look at this game. Damn.

          • Pariah

            haha didn’t think you were offended, just that “Kappa” = sarcasm, but fairly Twitch specific. My bad. But yeah Steam release, so I’ll probably pick it up at some point, but its not an insta-buy like Doom is.

          • miaau

            yeah, but my old PC is barely coping with CiV V and Beyond Earth and Endless Legend. So Steam seems far out of reach as well.

            One of my developers just bought a damn video coard, r909 something for R6k. R6k. For that, you can buy a console. She says it will enable her, for example, to play Fallout 4 at max settings. But R6k for just the video card. And, I am told. damn good price.

            So, then, how much for a PC that can play Civ et al and this game? R10k for whole box?

          • Pariah

            Civ and Endless Legend kill your CPU and RAM more than anything, graphics isn’t the problem there. Long games tax even my 3770k and 16GB’s of RAM. So don’t fret too much about that. Graphics grunt is more needed in games like this or Fallout though.

          • miaau

            Endless Legend and Civ both idle on Memory and CPU, but I have a useless graphics card and that slows it down.

            I have 2nd gen i7 with 16Gb ram and CPU and Ram never get overly taxed, like not more than 20% – With Endless Legend – never really run test with Civ. But turning off ALL graphics options in both games speeds up turns significantly.

          • Pariah

            Interesting. The only thing that lags for me is the calculations between turns, not the actual turns themselves.

          • miaau

            The turn calcs go faster with graphics options off, cause the game tries to make little animations and crap like that.

            *edit* Civ big maps are useless. Too slow

          • Pariah

            I should try that, might help with the later turns. Thanks

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Girl gamer?


          • Pariah

            Don’t be condescending. It’s “lady gamer” or “woman gamer”… Psssh, don’t you PC?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Clearly she’s a fake because something something low end haha something more.

          • Pariah

            Well since the only information we can gather from miaau about her is her Graphics card vendor preference, I think we can specify AMD shame on this one.

            To be fair, we could go for Nvidia shame too, but her choice in vendor doesn’t allow for such.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            She must’ve chosen it because red is pretty. #amirite

          • Pariah

            Or maybe it was just that time of month?


          • Alien Emperor Trevor


          • miaau

            Geez. Wow. Guys. Kappa

            She is a gamer. She happens to be a a woman. Not Kappa. She loves Fallout 4.

            I have no idea why she choose red, though.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Well I chose red because it reminds me of my life blood. Not that green namby-pamby tree-hugging hippie form of life.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            The fact that red costs less green than green may also have had something to do with it.

    • Hammersteyn

      I agree with the $60 price. I don’t agree with the damned exchange rate!

    • Then they should stop calling it a indie then

  • HairyEwok

    And here i thought the release date would be in June.

    • Pariah

      Nope. July… Like a cheap watch.

      • HairyEwok

        Not according to the sale…. December seems even more far away.

        • Pariah

          Right over your head. ‘Tis ok young padawan. Much to learn, you have.

  • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    Would that be the retail price for the game with or without the “Action.alg” file?

  • DragonSpirit009

    Oh look… there goes my wish of getting this game and the money in my bank account, laughing and running away from me!

  • SentientSlug

    i don’t trust Raru, their prices are so high. reminds me a bit of want it all.

  • Axel Lim

    … people thought otherwise? Hah.

  • Vrtyh

    All the children whining cause parents won’t pay for it. KeK. Worth every penny in my book. Considering it’s got more scope then alot of tripple AAAA games.

  • Eish that is expensive. But then again everyone, that is going to be normal

  • Kenn Gibson

    i’ll be paying full price for Mass Effect: Andromeda, Dues Ex: Mankind Divided, Torment: Tides of Numera and Overwatch.

    Giving the exchange rate I will wait for No Mans Sky, the Division, the Wild, Warcraft: Legion (played them all will give this a few months too), Mafia III and Horizon: Zero Dawn to become cheaper. Sucks to be a gamer these days.

  • No fuck that

  • Captain Marvelous

    Did anyone expect it not to cost as much as any other game?

  • Mitch

    I’d buy a PS4 just to play it if I had to.

  • Yalfoosh

    Frankly I don’t care who made the game, if the game is as good as they’ve shown it to be and as they’ve hyped it to be, I don’t care what it costs. It’s not like there is something as big as that (besides maybe EVE) in the first place. Indie or not, it’s well worth in my opinion as a gamer and as a dev.

  • Cal

    That’s really not that crazy. This game seems quite large with a lot of effort put into it. I would not mind dropping sixty on this.

  • logicman

    I’m paying it because Sean Murray is just too nice. And smart. He deserves to get rich from this. And if I’m honest, I’m already addicted to the idea of the game.

  • No Mans Sky Fan

    Hell YES. This game is the only reason I havent stopped playing games all together. Used to play them as a kid, stopped for years, picked it back up and I was like ” I’m playing the same type games as wen I was 12?” Nothing looked truly new or awe inspiring or groundbreaking. No Mans Sky is my dr game, ever wince I was a younging, so yes, if I paid $60 for The Evil Within? That garbage 2004 type game design gane? Then Yoump, I’ll gladly pay $60 for an INFINTE Universe on my machine where I have my space battles in the backdrop of Entire planets, moons, Suns, black holes, nebulas, etc.

    A game that’s conversely all about me, the player, and the many freedoms and choices I will make to have my own unique experience. But also a game that’s all about the wonders of nature, the fascinations with life, the joy of adventure, the ability to discover and name said discoveries, the unfathomable enormity of space, the feeling of exploring a final frontier yet to be conquered by anyone, true science fiction.

    Sign me up 😀

    • logicman

      Well said. Although you know the standard internet response would be “yeah, but is there anything to actually do?” or “isn’t it just like Spore?” People have such tiny, tiny minds these days.

      • No Mans Sky Fan

        I KNOW RIGHT?! They see a literal open universe with fully destructible terain and fully upgradeable ships and tools and go ” meh, looks boring” then those same go go slog onto some other sequelised cash grab game thats been doin the same shit for years, reusing code and simply reskinning ideas and mechanics just to get their quarterly profits. all these are guilty of underacheving by a long margin:


        ey, different games for different people, im all down with that, i mean these are classics^^^^ but classics that have imo done too little in too much time/budget. i mean GTA% is exac tly the same game in design as GTA3, a game developed in the late 90s released early 2000s, thats pretty bad. anyways,

        just dont hate on my games and i wont hate on your cash grab sequiltis ” next gen ” games, and ill over here be playing Minecraft, ( just started few months ago) The Witness, No Mans Sky, Dying Light, The Forest, ARK,RIME, ABZU, DAYZ ( wen it comes to ps4 in Dec 2017 lol), and be having genuine experiences with my games,

        u go shoot baddies in the face reddit, and the Internet in general, not talking bout u of course ;D

        just saying 😉

  • Bellefs

    During e3 in June I preordered no man’s sky for $79.99 cad. Since then it has been taken off the website but I still see it on my orders page:) I hope that price drops though!!!


    Uh, most new releases have been around the 50-60 mark for the last 6 years. Where the hell have people been?

  • Spy Master Tokashi

    I will just wait for the steam sales. Fallout 4 was already on a 33% discount…wait a few more months and it will hit the 70% discount mark and then I will buy it.

    I have enough games to keep me busy so, I will wait for this to go on discount too

    Man I love STEAM!!!!

  • Masato Indou

    Will I pay full price? I don’t really mind paying for a quality game, if it sucks I can always exchange it for something else no biggie, I really don’t see what all the fuss is about 🙂

  • Dustman

    Spore had a center of the galaxy it was ruled by Steve!

    I hope the omnipotent thingy in this is named Bob the Builder.

    You certainly play the role of Jesus, where every world is an ostracized dino sandwich waiting to happen. I would hate to think that 10 out 18 quintrillion worlds are inhabitable. Its like putting a Starbucks on every corner, AI or not the potential capacity of Pokemon worlds is staggering. Kind of kills the whole “this is a journey thing” and turns it into “this is an endless adventure into madness” if captain Kirk had his sunshine every Horta would be tagged, enslaved and cannibalized.

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