The presence of No Man's Sky at E3 was a little disappointing for me, as I'm sure it was for many of those who've been following this game since its infancy. The demonstration that Hello Games' Sean Murray held for No Mans Sky was peculiar - though I understand that he's very uncomfortable on stage. However, we were merely shown the size of the map in physical form and what it's like to land on a planet of moderate interest. I suppose it was more of a tech demo to show us that the game actually functions - which is reassuring.
Now, don't get me wrong - I'm not hating on No Man's Sky or Hello Games, I seriously cannot wait to play this game. But to hear Sean Murray's reservations about the functionality of the game was a bit disconcerting. He was saying "I hope this works" before flying to a distant planet, which doesn't instil much confidence for a release date anytime soon. And for those of us who've been excited about this game for basically a year, we're still being left in the dark.
E3 demonstrated much of what we've already seen for No Mans Sky. However, there are obviously technical issues that the game is experiencing which we weren't aware of and it's not in a stage that Hello Games are entirely happy with. Sean Murray also stated "I've seen a lot better but I've also seen a lot worse" in reference to landing on the planet he explored at E3.
We've discussed the problems that No Man's Sky could encounter in the future and repetition is certainly one of them. We could see the procedurally generated worlds become rather familiar after a few hours and Sean kind of hinted at the boredom that the computer has throw his way - or the problems.
After E3, Could No Man's Sky Get its Release Date in 2016?
In any case, Sean Murray didn't give us a release date for No Man's Sky, but he did say that if he was at E3 2016 he'd lose his mind - understandable; the poor man. This also hints at the amount of stress the game is causing him and the team, but it also carried negative connotations for one aspect of the game - No Man's Sky might not be a 2015 title on PS4.
Hello Games has a small and intimate team - it's endearing, inspiring and probably extremely difficult. They have to ensure that every time one of us explores a planet it actually is a planet we can explore - something that actually works. There are so many things that could go wrong within No Man's Sky and they want to make sure that their ultimate vision is realised in the final product. They're inspiring in their quest and we can't wait to see what they produce.
However, halfway through 2015, Hello Games aren't ready to give us a release date window and I suppose that's an indication of the amount of work they have ahead of them. It's also an indication that we might not see it this year. BUT, if No Man's Sky does get pushed to 2016, we could see it become one of the most important games for Sony and the Playstation.
No Mans Sky As the Project Morpheus Launch Title in 2016
If No Man's Sky was released in 2016, it would be joining the likes of Uncharted 4 but also Project Morpheus. As Sony unleashes their VR headset to the consumer market, they'll want to ensure that they have a launch title to grab people's attention. What better way to do this than offer up an entire galaxy right before your eyes?
No Man's Sky is basically made for Project Morpheus and with its lack of a release date, Sony may be giving Hello Games the chance to get it ready for the release of the headset - that's loads of time! Obviously I don't want to see this game pushed to 2016 - I'm crazy impatient to try it - but if that's what Hello Games need to do to make this work, awesome! Besides, we're used to release date delays now and [Batman: Arkham Knight](tag:2683936) comes out tomorrow - that'll do me till [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain](tag:2683985).
What Did You Think of No Man's Sky at E3?
But am I alone in thinking this? Am I reading too much into Sean Murray's nervous nature on stage at E3? Or could [No Man's Sky](tag:2684052) be delayed to 2016 and become the Project Morpheus launch title? Let us know what you think in the comments below and hope that we see more of this game at Paris Games Week!