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No Man’s Sky has infinite secrets under the surface of its planets in new gameplay footage

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No Man's Sky footage shows exploration

No Man’s Sky is fast approaching launch and is ensuring that the fairly quiet month of June is one to look forward. And for a game that is around two months away from launch, there’s still a surprisingly large number of people that have no idea what you actually do in No Man’s Sky. You fly around, explore planets, shoot stuff. But how do all of those things fit together cohesively?

It’s a concept that has proven difficult for creator Sean Murray and his team at Hello Games to showcase in demos, which is why IGN have decided to give them another month of coverage to try again. That kicked off yesterday, with a brand new 20 minutes of gameplay footage for you to sink your teeth into.

Most of the footage is land-based, which is where you’re going to be doing most of your exploring. Using your vast array of upgradable terramorphing tools, you’ll be able to shape the landscape and find new, previously inaccessible areas. A little into the demo Murray shoots a wall that reveals a maze of caves underneath the planets surface. A new area to explore, and an escape for the deadly cold outside too.

There’s also a closer look at some of the more mysterious features of No Man’s Sky, such as learning alien dialects and trading with some randomly generated fellow to keep your explorative ambitions alive. There’s still not enough time to go into much depth with it all, but that’s partly because Hello Games doesn’t want to show its hand yet. Murray wants players first experience with No Man’s Sky to be about discovery, so they’re cautious about what they show.

Regardless of that though, No Man’s Sky still looks as ambitious, curious and gorgeous as the first time the game was revealed, and I can’t wait to explore millions and millions of planets later this year. It’s coming to PS4 and PC.

Last Updated: April 12, 2016


  1. Awesome cannot wait.
    GRAV doesn’t quite have the scope that I’d hoped for, plus there’s too much dancing involved.
    Space Engineers is excellent but it’s about as optimised as trying to use a potato for a flash drive.
    So it leaves this to finally quench my thirst for some inter-planet sandbox survival gaming.


    • Axon1988

      April 12, 2016 at 13:45

      Subanutica? Not quite as big, but the quality is there. The gameplay is there, the promise is there…


      • Captain JJ the Isolatid

        April 13, 2016 at 07:31

        I’m playing subnautica at the moment also. It’s excellent, really enjoying it.
        I’d love for a game that’s like the movie “Waterworld”, that would be a pretty awesome thing. Like Mad Max on water 😀


        • Axon1988

          April 13, 2016 at 08:15

          It’s the logical next step for survival games. We need it. Perhaps a mod for Subnautica once they get the mods feature implemented.


  2. Mistake Not...

    April 12, 2016 at 08:06

    I want this game on my body.


    • HairyEwok

      April 12, 2016 at 15:19

      I’ll super heat the silicone disc and pour it on top of your body for you….


  3. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    April 12, 2016 at 08:09

  4. konfab

    April 12, 2016 at 08:22

    I wonder what limits there are to that land grenade? For example, would I be able to tunnel my way to the centre of a planet?



    • Captain JJ the Isolatid

      April 12, 2016 at 08:23

      Tunneling was quite handy in 7 Days to Die. I made some really deep caves in that game 🙂


      • Admiral Chief in New York

        April 12, 2016 at 08:30

        Always knew you’d get mixed up in the underground, GanstaBrows


        • Captain JJ the Isolatid

          April 12, 2016 at 08:33

          It’s where I’m truly appreciated


          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 12, 2016 at 08:36

            …there where people don’t have to see your face?

          • Captain JJ the Isolatid

            April 12, 2016 at 09:09

            I don’t have to explain myself to you! You’re not my real dad!

  5. Admiral Chief in New York

    April 12, 2016 at 08:30

    Admiral of my own ship
    Pew pew

    The only thing this game is missing is some redshirts and T’Pol


    • GooseZA

      April 12, 2016 at 09:52

      Played Elite Dangerous?


    • Aries

      April 12, 2016 at 10:21

      Come play Elite to pass the time


    • BacchusZA

      April 12, 2016 at 11:04

      ^^What they said.

      Elite Dangerous is *well* worth a look if you’re into space games at all. The best analogy I can draw is that it’s essentially the new & improved version of the free-roam / open multiplayer side of Freelancer, set in a 1:1 representation of the galaxy.

      Content wise it *is* a bit shallow in terms of things to do – there is no story, you’re a very small ship in a VERY big galaxy, and you don’t get much feeling of having an impact on the galaxy around you. But it’s still huge amounts of fun, and one of the most stunningly beautiful games you’ll ever play, and more content and depth is being added on an ongoing basis.

      And the good news is that it’s thematically different enough to Star Citizen and No Mans’ Sky that there no reason you can’t play and enjoy all 3 of them 🙂


      • RustedFaith

        April 12, 2016 at 12:01

        Elite Dangerous is a pointless grind, there is no purpose in the game other than to grind for a bigger ship.

        I went back to playing eve when I realized how pointless Elite is, 200 hours in the game and you start to realize that there is no point to the game. Such a pity it had so much potential …

        I spend 150 euros on the founders pack so yeh I am a fan of Elite …. eventually you realize that they are just riding the Star Citizen hype train.

        Geezus the planetary expansion is a fucking joke and no I didn’t have to pay for it as the founders gets all the expansions for free.

        Anyone thinking of playing Elite Dangerous to get your space sim fix move along you are better of playing the X3 games.


    • Strawman Jim

      April 12, 2016 at 19:27

      Oh yeah, I would love a T’Pol riding my vessel… nudge nudge!


      • Admiral Chief in New York

        April 13, 2016 at 09:04



  6. Guild

    April 12, 2016 at 08:45

    Think I’ll get this. Look interesting


    • Ir0nseraph

      April 12, 2016 at 08:51

      That backlog of your’s is getting out of hand, get around to last of us first man.


  7. konfab

    April 12, 2016 at 09:18

    I might have to succub to the pre-order succubus on this one 0__o


  8. CypherGate

    April 12, 2016 at 09:43

    The huge universe sounds too intimidating to me and the fact that there is no real objective, but to do the things they say you can do. Somehow just feels like it will be one of those games you install to test out for like 30mins and then uninstall it again.


  9. Pieter Kruger

    April 12, 2016 at 09:47

    Wonder how long the first speed runner will take to reach the centre of the galaxy without firing a single shot?


  10. Aries

    April 12, 2016 at 09:53

    Think this is the only game at the moment that will be able to pull me away from Elite


  11. HvR

    April 12, 2016 at 11:18

    The generating mechanisms these guys have develop interests me a lot more than the game itself.


  12. Ghost In The Rift

    April 12, 2016 at 13:02

    I really hope this game delivers on their promise, i need a break from The Witcher 3, shit, Blood and Wine…..Damn


  13. aj_nator

    April 12, 2016 at 14:01

    Speed run this, anyone?

    Game looks amazing! :O


    • HairyEwok

      April 12, 2016 at 15:21

      Funny thing is you’ll probably get some guys that would aim their ships to the center and let the ship just fly towards there (since the jump drives won’t get them there.).


  14. Strawman Jim

    April 12, 2016 at 19:24

    That brought a tear to my eye… I really hope this game delivers. I can already see myself spending the nights, exploring the galaxy…

    But those IGN guys… holy crap. Any one else felt the urge to set them alight? Or club them to death with the femur of a rhino? Just me huh?


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