Ringed planets, distinct ship handling, real stars - lots of things never made it into No Man's Sky | PCGamesN

Ringed planets, distinct ship handling, real stars - lots of things never made it into No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky is finally out and it's sold like mad, no doubt helped along by the monumental hype powering it along like a faster-than-light hyperdrive. Hype is a double-edged sword, though - while it might lead to sales, it might also lead to expectation. It's safe to say No Man's Sky fell short of those expectations for some people.

Perhaps something else in our list of the best space games will satiate your needs.

While many were expecting to share No Man's Sky's universe with other players, it turns out there's actually no mutliplayer in No Man's Sky, despite lead developer Sean Murray making statements suggesting otherwise. Now players have been picking through the rest of the pre-release chat to see where else the game under-delivered.

It's worth noting at this point that the removal of features is common practise in game development, whether to meet deadlines or because the features didn't work as intended. Remember the BioShock Infinite trailers with the dying horse? Remember that bit in the game? Of course you don't, because it was removed. 

With that in mind, here's what was changed before No Man's Sky was finally released, via Reddit

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There's actually a pretty comprehensive list at that link, but I'll cover the basics here for you.

One of the biggest issues, in my opinion, is the removal of simulated solar systems. The messaging always said that these were real, to-scale planets that were orbiting a star. Yet the stars are painted onto skyboxes and are unreachable. Simulating solar systems would have a knock-on effect on planets, with different conditions and different resources spawning depending on distance to the sun, mass, its moon and other factors.

Another thing missing are sandy planets. There are some desert planets, but nothing like what was shown in pre-release videos, and the way sand whipped along those surfaces in a storm. There are also no ringed planets. Animals don't act as the did in the E3 trailer, either, barrelling though trees and affecting the environment. Rivers have also vanished, and loads more.

Even ships, which were each originally planned to handle completely differently, are now nothing more than a palette swap with different inventory sizes. Don't even get me started on destroying space stations and fleet sizes, because we'll be here all night. Hit up that Reddit link for some examples.

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Akeldama Avatar
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1 Year ago

I'm not sure why you guys are taking cues and content from Reddit when that list is tentatively being updated as people discover that the aforementioned missing features are actually not missing (like ringed and desert planets).

Also, OP of that thread on Reddit deleted everything.

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monkeyfritz Avatar
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1 Year ago

Exactly what I was wondering. People have been claiming missing stuff from day one, a lot of which has been found. And complaining because the stuff in the trailers isn't in the game is kinda dumb since we all know the galaxy has been re-seeded.

Some folders with reference to "Spawners" means nothing at all. There is no reason they aren't using spawners in the game now. Especially for sentinels, which, you know, respawn.

The game was stated to be single player. It never was multiplayer, but people got their hopes up anyway. It was said that you would "somehow" be able to see other players if you found them, it was never said you could play the game together like an mmo and gallivant around the galaxy in a guild.

And before launch they revealed that play testers were immensely confused and disoriented with rotating planets. IE: planets did rotate, they had to remove it for all the dumb people.

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Shriven Avatar
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1 Year ago

Its very British this game. Ambitious but rubbish.

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Tovias Avatar
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1 Year ago

Had I not bought Starbound I would have fallen for this whole bowl of lies

Thank you Tiy, your lies prepared me for Sean

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am0eba Avatar
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1 Year ago

I have both games - and for what it's worth, I enjoy playing NMS more than Starbound.

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Tovias Avatar
1026
1 Year ago

That just tells me you are double the fool.

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am0eba Avatar
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1 Year ago

How so?

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