NO MAN’S SKY
Publisher/developer Hello Games Format PC, PS4 Release TBC
Despite the past two gameplay demos featuring them, Hello Games wants to reassure you that No Man’s Sky’s colossal, procedurally generated universe isn’t populated solely with alien dinosaurs. In fact, life in this particular cosmos should be incredibly varied. Hello Games’ powerful tools allow its artists to build an archetype of, say, a plant or creature that the engine then riffs on endlessly. In theory, even in forests that contain only a single species of tree, you’ll never seen the same plant twice. It’s an intoxicating prospect that extends to the game’s ships, which come in fighter, scientific exploration and freighter flavours, and are built from modular components. Wander too far from your craft and run out of oxygen or get trodden on, and you’ll spawn back right next to it, minus any resources that you’d gathered.