Update July 21, 2016: If peaceful profit making is what you want from your space travels, then No Man's Sky has you covered.
A third trailer exploring No Man's Sky's core features has been released, this time focusing on trade. In the video we can see glimpses of the game's inventory and trading menus, how gathering materials is conducted, and even other friendly lifeforms.
It looks like we'll be using a kind of particle beam to break down ores and collect them, which can then be traded at giant space stations in order to make the money no-doubt needed to progress further to the centre of the universe. Interestingly these trades appear to be done on-foot inside the stations, as opposed to on spreadsheets from your ship computer. Seen a few times in the trailer is a TV-headed alien (hello Prince Robot from Saga!) who appears to be some kind of trader you can deal with.
That's three of No Man's Sky's four 'pillars' seen. Next up will be survival.
Update July 20, 2016: If you fancy yourself a mercenary, the latest No Man's Sky trailer is aimed at your aggressive ass.
No Man's Sky is a game that offers endless space so, perhaps also endless possibilities. Of course, lots of people - myself included - will probably use some of this freedom to shoot massive herbivore aliens. They call me David Gat-enborough.
The latest trailer shows off a bit of that alien murdering, as well as the player having the fend off the automated security bots that want to kill you for all the alien murdering. There's also some lovely-looking space combat.
Check the video out below for all that good stuff:
Original story July 14, 2016: No Man's Sky seems like a tough game to condense down into a trailer - endless stars, planets, and planetoids to explore, through space, below the atmosphere, on the ground and beneath the oceans, right across the circumference of these massive orbs.
You could spend your entire time in No Man's Sky on a single planet, documenting all the flora and fauna you come across, mining for materials and discovering its secrets.
Of course, most will take to the stars and discover more planets - some might even go as far as trying to make it to the center of the universe. Or maybe you'll just float around the universe in your ship and become a trader.
There are a lot of possibilities, so it's easy to see why Hello Games opt for the particular style of trailers they've been putting out for the space exploration game. It's basically an information overload in trailer form, with flashes of possibility giving us a small taste of its massive scale.
Here's the latest, which is all about exploration:
No Man's Sky releases on August 9.