Today marks the fifth anniversary of No Man’s Sky, and it is difficult to believe that so much time has passed since the astral-hopping adventures began. Hello Games is commemorating the occasion with a trailer highlighting the 16 free No Man’s Sky updates that helped the studio meet its lofty goals. The trailer looks back in time while also hinting at the future by announcing a new expansion called Frontiers. This new update’s content is not shown, but the trailer concludes with the phrase “coming soon.”
The anniversary trailer, which cycles through different iterations of No Man’s Sky and includes footage of Sean Murray and the Hello Games team doing press for the game leading up to release and fan reactions to one of the game’s largest updates, No Man’s Sky Next, is available below.
Game Informer Magazine Content Director Matt Miller reviewed the original version of No Man’s Sky in 2016; while he enjoyed the experience, this quote from his closing paragraph highlights what he felt needed to be addressed in the original product:
An aimlessness and freedom pervades No Man’s Sky; the sensation is clearly purposeful, but it’s not always pleasant. Without more meaningful rewards or engaging moment-to-moment action, the mid- and endgame experiences teeter away from sci-fi splendour and into rote repetition. No Man’s Sky is a universe rich in potential, and it is steeped in classic science-fiction tropes. It’s a game space begging for additional crafted content, and I hope Hello Games continues to add more over time.
Hello Games not only continued to tinker with their procedural galaxy, but it also added features to make all aspects of the experience more robust and interesting. To address player complaints, entire storylines were added, actual in-world multiplayer was created, mechs can now be piloted, you can befriend alien creatures and have them accompany you across the galaxy, player-designed bases can be built (a feature Video Editor Alex Van Aken claims saved the game), new weather and terrain have been added, and many of the visuals have been overhauled. Hello Games even made No Man’s Sky fully playable in virtual reality.
So much has been accomplished in the last five years to transform the game from a missed opportunity to a reality. Congratulations to the Hello Games team for marking five years of space exploration. We are excited to see what the Frontiers update includes and what comes after that.