No Man’s Sky, from Hello Games and PlayStation, will be massive.
To see all the planets in the space exploration game would take approximately 585 billion years, according to a blog post. “It’ll take us 585 billion years to discover every planet in No Man’s Sky on PS4,” PlayStation wrote last week.
Sean Murray, the Managing Director at Hello Games, talked about the possibilities in No Man’s Sky.
“We’ve only done three days where we’ve talked to press about the game so far (two at E3 and one at the VGXs last year), but for an indie game we’ve had lots of interest and excitement. Something I’m still struggling to get my head around. So much so that I didn’t actually want to go to Gamescom! We’ve never actually shown any European press the game though, and we felt bad about that,” he wrote.
He adds, “Sure there is trading, combat, weapons, ships, and a core game, but really for me the quiet moments of discovery are what it’s all about”–elaborating further on the game.
“The cool thing is that every planet has a single number, a random seed, that defines everything about that planet. A single random seed generates every blade of grass, tree, flower, creature. So as the developer I can note down the planet seed, and then just go back there any time I want. We demoed this at Gamescom, just jumping round the universe to different planets. There are no load times, because nothing needs to load, as the planets are entirely computer-generated,” he added.
With this in mind, he said the game can generate “18,446,744,073,709,551,616 possible planets,” adding: “It’ll take 585 billion years to find them all!”
No Man’s Sky will be released for the PlayStation 4 and PC in 2015. It seems unlikely that the game will be out for the Xbox One.
It will first come out on the PS4 before it’s released on the PC.