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'No Man's Sky' will have different servers for PlayStation 4, PC

By Shawn Knight
Aug 9, 2016
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  1. No Man’s Sky, the highly anticipated action-adventure exploration game from indie studio Hello Games, has finally arrived (at least, for PlayStation 4 gamers). Multiplayer games will share a single universe although given its size (there are roughly 18 quintillion procedurally generated planets, after all), it’s unlikely that you’ll bump into any other real-life gamers.

    The odds of finding another human are even slimmer considering the fact that PlayStation 4 and PC gamers won’t be playing on the same servers.

    The admission came from Hello Games co-founder Sean Murray during a recent Reddit AMA session regarding the game and its launch. Murray added that they’re running a control experiment to see which platform comes up with the most juvenile names for the planets they discover.

    As Attack of the Fanboy notes, there are already plenty of planets in the universe named after human bodily functions and more.

    No Man’s Sky launched today for PlayStation 4 and lands August 12 (this Friday) on the PC. Aside from a massive day-one update, things seem to be running smoothly thus far. Could No Man’s Sky be the first major game release in recent memory that isn’t marred by server issues? We’ll see.

    Even if the servers do go down briefly, you’ll still be able to play as the game can be played offline.

    Do you plan to buy No Man’s Sky? If so, what platform will you be getting it for and what aspect(s) of the game are the most compelling in your opinion? Let us know in the comments section below!

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  2. robb213

    robb213 TS Addict Posts: 329   +98

    So they've already contradicted themselves once as I see it (at least). I remember a very recent article that they wanted to up the odds of finding other players out there. This kind of move definitely doesn't help that.
  3. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 505   +141

    I read from a secondary source that someone specifically landed 2 players on the same world and you don't actually see the other person. This isn't a multiplayer game. I think the developers basically already said, if you were expecting a true multiplayer game that you'd be disappointed. Currently I don't understand this game at all. I've watched a trailer only and since it basically only boasted about the wanna be great 18 Quintilian planet universe that was created, I expect that "feature" is its only real selling point... that is if you can consider it a selling point. I mean immediately my first thought was how long until you start recognizing assets that are reused over and over. Sure they are in slightly new combinations but just how many visits are going to seem full of life and unique. Nah, I'll save my money and get FFXV. It may just be one world and not a whole universe, but you know the whole environment will have character.
  4. I'm not so sure you know what a procedurally generated game really is...which I understand since it has never been done at this level (to my knowledge). The closest example would be when you watch a movie and the same soundtrack repeats over and over again, but you don't notice it since they're changing Key, Tone, and even from Major to Minor.
    Speaking of which, did you guys know that the music is also procedurally generated?? yep!

    All that to say...I broke Rule #1 - Never EVER pre-order... :p

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