20 Features Missing From No Man’s Sky

When a game as hyped as No Man’s Sky finally gets released, it is impossible for it to live up to the expectations of every gamer. And while Hello Games promises that they continue to add to No Man’s Sky, some of the fans that were eagerly awaiting the space exploration game feel let-down by the finished product. Some even feel cheated.

One reddit user was so disturbed by the finished product that he went way beyond voicing his own disappointment with the game and analyzed a ton of pre-release interviews, demos and trailers for No Man’s Sky to compile a pretty extensive list of all the features and elements Hello Games promised to be in the game but failed to deliver.

The OP states that the post is a “…huge deconstruction of all info we had received years and months ahead of launch.” The user assures that they have compiled the list exactly from “information linked from the horse’s mouth, or official marketing material.”

Here is a shortened version of the list, with most stand-out features the user believed were not included in the final game even though they were promised at one point or another:

  1. Planetary physics
  2. Ship classes with meaningful differentiation
  3. Faction reputation with meaningful gameplay impact
  4. Homogenous resource availability
  5. Asteroid landings
  6. Space station and fleet destruction
  7. Large fleets
  8. Traveling freighters
  9. Large scale battles the player can join
  10. In-atmosphere battles
  11. NPCs outside trading posts and other docks
  12. Ringed planets
  13. Sand planets
  14. Flying between stars (as opposed to warping via the Galactic interface)
  15. Complex creature behaviour including environmental interaction
  16. Rivers
  17. Points of interest such as large structures and crashed freighters
  18. Hacking locked doors
  19. Radio chatter
  20. Interaction with other players

The user goes into a lot more detail on the post with tables, statistics and relevant quotes from the Hello Games team as “evidence.” The post is fairly lengthy and the user tries their best to validate and explain their reasons for including what they have.

It’s important to keep in mind that, especially nowadays, that games change. Once a game goes gold, the foundation has simply been laid for patches, DLC and other changes.

So while it is too bad that we won’t find any ringed planets or land on any asteroids as of today, but video games aren’t static anymore. So, like, chill out, bro.

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