Has No Man’s Sky co-director Sean Murray replaced Morgan Freeman as our image of God? If you ask Stephen Colbert, yes he has.
In case you don’t know, No Man’s Sky is an upcoming MMO adventure survival video game developed and published by independent British studio Hello Games, whom you may remember from the Joe Danger franchise. In No Man’s Sky, players freely explore the entirety of a procedurally generated deterministic open universe, which includes over 18 quintillion planets (to put that in perspective, that’s 18,000,000,000,000,000,000 unique planets) all with their own unique atmospheres, ecosystems, weather patterns, etc. The universe Hello Games has created is so big that even the game developers don’t know what they’ll find on any given planet. And therein lies the objective of the game.
By exploring different systems within the universe, players will gain information about the planets that they can submit to The Atlas, a universal database that can be shared with other players of the game. Players also gain materials and blueprints to upgrade their character’s equipment and purchase a variety of starships, allowing them to travel deeper into space, or trade with other ships.
Some activities will draw the attention of Sentinels, which will attempt to kill the player-character for killing too many lifeforms or draining too many resources from these planets. Players participate in a shared universe, with the ability to exchange planet coordinates with friends, though the game will also be fully playable offline; this is enabled by the procedural generation system that assures players will find the same planet with the same features, lifeforms, and other aspects once given the planet coordinates, requiring no further data to be stored or retrieved from game servers.
Without a doubt, No Man’s Sky is big deal when it’s released. And while Sean Murray’s appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert didn’t give us a release date for the masterpiece in the making, we did get to see Mr. Murray play the game. It blew Stephen Colbert’s mind and it’s sure to blow yours as well.