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One of the many reasons why No Man’s Sky is often voted the most anticipated game of 2016 is the 18 quintillion planets that can be discovered and explored within its universe. There are so many different worlds in the game, searching every single one would take an estimated 585 billion years. So, how much space will it take up on disc? A mere 6GB – most of which is audio.
In a Twitter posting, Sean Murray, founder of No Man’s Sky developer Hello Games, revealed the relatively tiny amount the game will take up on the PlayStation 4’s Blu-ray disc. This is achieved through the well-documented fact that most of what you see in No Man’s Sky is procedurally generated.
For those asking - size of No Man's Sky on disc is just 6GB. A lot of that is audio (⌐■_■)— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) July 10, 2016
Murray went on to reveal some more facts about the upcoming title. He explained that it had passed certification in Europe, the US and Asia, and it was currently being submitted for verification in Japan.
RC1 on the disc means Release Candidate 1. We passed cert first time in EU, US and Asia, currently here working on Japanese submission (ᵔᴥᵔ)— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) July 10, 2016
Even though it’s still a month before the game is released, Murray said that the team is working on the first update for No Man’s Sky. It’s unclear whether this will be a day one patch or some extra content set for release at a later date.
Well, waiting for a build to upload really. Actually we're already busy on Update 1— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) July 10, 2016
Last week, Murray announced that the game had finally gone gold (ready to be sent off for manufacturing and distribution) following four years of setbacks that included floods, legal battles, delays and death threats.
No Man’s Sky will release in the US on August 9. It will launch in Europe on August 10, and August 12 in the UK.