Finally. A game that started to feel like was never going to be released has a release date. Announced at Paris Games Week, the Hello Games produced highly anticipated game No Man’s Sky finally has a release date.
You can almost guarnatee that this game has virtual reality support up the wahzoo. Mark that month now in your calendars, unless of course we see any delays, next year the gaming landscape changes and we finally get to start exploring planets, battling, depleting planets of their natural resources and profiting from it.
We will also most likely be seeing Sony’s Playstation VR headset (formerly knowing as Morpheus) to be launching in June 2016 to coincide with the game. And there is no doubt that we will be seeing Sony VR/No Man’s Sky bundles on sale.
Of course, Hello Games has a problem. In 2015 we saw the game being more publicised, we had 2 E3 events and Sean even appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert a few weeks ago to show off the game, but gave no release date.
It feels a little strange that a game not coming out for 8 months would be marketing itself like it was coming next month. Especially for a game announced in 2013.
Sure, if Colbert asks you to come on his show under no circumstance would you say no, but still. For the amount of hype surrounding this game, the amount of opportunities Sean and Hello Games have had, you have to wonder what is going on behind the scenes?
Are Hello Games still pulling the strings or did Sony realise how important this game is somewhere along the way and stepped in to ensure it goes nothing but smoothly? I think it is a given the success of Playstation VR will depend on No Man’s Sky.
While No Man’s Sky is a day one purchase for me, I feel as though they blew their proverbial load a little early. There is also still the elephant in the room: why is the game going to be coming out in 8 months from now? If it is because of Playstation VR, some honesty would go a long way to quell some of the frustration and keep the hype levels high.