In our minds, as we look at the potential for Hello Games' No Man's Sky this far from its supposed release date, we can't help but think that this is the game that will bring us as close as we can get to space exploration in our life time. Well, at least this year anyway. We've no idea what wonders lie out there in the depths of the universe and No Man's Sky is tapping into that sense of exploration and wonder.
But I thought we could also take a look at a few pictures from space itself, after all it has inspired this game we're all seriously looking forward to playing. These images capture the sense of wonderment, isolation, beauty, enormity and exploration that we're all hopefully undergo as we venture through the procedurally generated universe of No Man's Sky on release date.
This Really is No Mans Sky
This, my friends, is the galactic centre. This image displays the density of planets and stars that populate our home to an astounding degree. Perhaps it encapsulates all of the potential locations we can venture to once No Man's Sky is released - perhaps it shows more. Derek Demeter, the Planetarium Director at the Seminole State College of Florida, took this image in October and it's astoundingly beautiful.
It encompasses everything that we'll be doing in No Mans Sky! It depicts the isolation and scale. It gives us a sense of wonderment, melancholy and the innate desire to explore. What lies in the darkest depths of this galaxy? What could our species discover among these stars in the years to come? Of course, we don't even know if No man's Sky is going to be any good or worth hyping to this degree, but I love how its basic ideals can be attributed to that of our own galaxy!
"NGC 6240 may be the most beautiful galaxy you’ve never heard of. Found approximately 400 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Ophiuchus, its distorted, all over the place, shape and structure can only be attributed to one thing: a gravitational merger." This image above was taken by the Hubble space telescope and it's extraordinary how it appears like something out of Ridley Scott's, Alien.
Of course, No Man's Sky won't be as dark as the images above, or as Alien for that matter, but rather colourful and exuberant. However, our own galaxy is obviously the inspiration and I'm sure that many of the feelings we'll have with No Man's Sky on PC or PS4 will share similarities with space exploration. No one will know what we'll uncover. Once our ship enters the atmosphere of a certain planet, we'll have no clue what the game will create. It's exciting and I seriously hope it's a thrill to play!