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Enjoy Many "Quiet Moments Of Discovery" In No Man's Sky

With every new update we receive, we become more and more convinced that No Man's Sky will break boundaries.

Developer Hello Games is working on an exceedingly ambitious open-world sci-fi adventure that uses procedurally generated environments to create countless fresh worlds.

In a new post over at the PlayStation Blog, Hello Games boss Sean Murray talks about what makes their project special. In point of fact, even though it has "trading, combat, weapons, ships, and a core game," it's the "quiet moments of discovery" that really stand out. And check this out:

"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."

That seed dictates how many planets you can discover "before things start to go a bit crazy and undefined." They're working on a 64-bit system, which is 2 to the power of 64, or 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 possible planets. Hence, even if you found a planet every second, it'd still take 585 billion years to find them all!

Here's the new Infinite Worlds video, too:

Tags: no mans sky, hello games, no mans sky details

8/26/2014 11:27:40 AM Ben Dutka

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slow and smart
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 12:56:00 PM
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This is what i want:some action but also very much to discover in a sf atmosphere,great

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telly
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 3:52:32 PM

I think it's really cool we're finally getting a sci-fi exploration game that isn't inherently about shooting everything in sight. I love action! Just nice to get some variety.

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DemonNeno
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 1:55:20 PM
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That's insane! I wonder if weather will change throughout the year for each planet (if applicable)... Such an awesome game!

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ethird1
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 2:33:23 PM
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Enjoy many moments of perpetual boredom out of this game.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 @ 12:14:42 AM

What's not to love?

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 3:23:54 PM
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This was one of my households most anticipated games.

Just the simple fact that it would take over 500 billion years to explore is just amazing to me.

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Rings0fUranus
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 4:23:12 PM
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Just remember the prime directive, and everything will be okay. And TRY not to mate with the stegasauruses. Ah, who am I kidding, you're going to try it, aren't you?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 4:38:36 PM
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This game is the kind of imaginary fantasy I had in my head when I was a kid who only had access to games like Asteroids and Defender. I'd play those and pretend I was piloting a ship in a huge universe that I was helping, but to explore it I had to leave the game and go play pretend games in and outside of the house with my imagination.

Do kids have or need imagination anymore?

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DemonNeno
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 5:59:18 PM

They do! It's a matter of letting the exploit it. Parents do too little parenting and too much baby sitting. It's easier to let them stare at a TV instead of doing creative activities that exploit their imagination.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 @ 12:17:13 AM

My son came up to me this morning when I was eating some breakfast and just said, "Daddy inna bubble?" Then he poked me and said "pop!".

I threw my hands in the air and said, 'YES! I'm free!' And we laughed and we laughed....

So yeah, we both still have imaginations. lol He's only 2 and a half.

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Banky A
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 @ 5:38:53 AM

LOL your kid is SO immature!

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Underdog15
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 @ 7:34:14 AM

lol and I hope he never grows up! :'(

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Axe99
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 6:13:57 PM
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It's been a long time coming, but the power of our gaming machines has finally got to the point it can support 3D procedurally generated content, and it's exploding, with No Man's Sky one of the banner games. Great times ahead - this is just the start, when they've got a few years of refining it under their belt, many 3D action games won't be the same again :).

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frostface
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 6:14:21 PM
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I imagine it'll be a while before anyone gets the find every planet trophy for the platinum.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 6:51:20 PM
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I'll likely check this out when it releases. I may even pay full price for it to help support Hello Games.
I don't give much of a care if my money goes to helping games that have already sold 5 million+ copies but I do like the idea of supporting the little guys where every dollar counts in a big way.

on another note.
Can anyone vouch for Strike Suite Zero for PS4?
It's on sale this week and it has my name written all over it but I just don't know if it sucks or not.

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fatelementality
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 11:22:38 PM

I can! If you ever played & enjoyed the X~Wing/Tie Fighter games on PC you should feel right at home. Controls take a bit to get used to & the graphics won't win any awards but its a fun & challenging game.

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Thursday, August 28, 2014 @ 9:50:12 PM
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i have heard nothing but good things about this game and have nothing but good things to say about it myself it looks great.

happy gaming

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