There are a lot of high-profile games launching next year and among them has to be Hello Games’ upcoming adventure, survival game No Man’s Sky. Slated to launch during the summer of next year, No Man’s Sky will take players into worlds they never thought they would visit and it will mostly take place under single-player circumstances.
When Hello Games’ Sean Murray has been asked about whether or not No Man’s Sky will have multiplayer, the answer has always been a difficult one for him to describe. The nature of the game makes it possible for multiplayer to occur, but it’s that same nature that makes multiplayer improbable.
Gamers will surely find out for themselves how multiplayer does or does not play into their experience as they progress and pour hours into No Man’s Sky. However, Murray was recently asked about how multiplayer will be incorporated into the game and provided some cautions for what people should expect.
“We [have been] very careful to downplay any multiplayer aspects and in some ways I feel like saying…forget about multiplayer, right? This is not an MMO, it’s not a game you sit down and play with your friends. There are loads of games that do that and they are way better at it than us. If you want a Deathmatch, No Man’s Sky is not for you.
“We want you to feel that other people are playing the game at the same time, and probably the biggest way you’ll see that is the fact that this universe is being explored. When you go to certain places, they might have already been named.
“There are other interactions that you have that people will have left behind for you, that we haven’t talked about, but you’ll get the feeling that this isn’t a completely empty universe. There are other explorers in there with you and yes, it would be possible to come across somebody and we want those moments, but that’s not what the game is about,” Murray told Eurogamer.
It can be difficult for people not to think about an upcoming game like they would every other game in a given genre. The truth is, No Man’s Sky isn’t a traditional, file under a certain genre sort of game. It has elements and themes that make it quite a rare thing.
This isn’t to say that the game will be great, that remains to be seen, but it’s important to acknowledge the fact that we can’t look at this game through the normal lens we typically use when trying to understand what a new experience is. This might be the best approach to take when considering and consuming No Man’s Sky.
By the time No Man’s Sky launches, presumably with it actually hitting its June’s release window, the game will have taken about two and a half years for the game to launch since it was originally announced at VGX 2014. We all hope the wait will have been worth it when No Man’s Sky launches in June 2016 for PS4.