Somewhat unbelievably, No Man’s Sky is now seven years old, and developer Hello Games is celebrating the exploratory space sim’s latest milestone with a brisk video retrospective and, probably of far more interest to fans, the tiniest of teases for the game’s next update. Really, it’s just the name they’ve announced, so don’t get your hopes up.
No Man’s Sky technically celebrated its seventh birthday last Wednesday, on 9th August, so I”m going to put Hello Games’ delayed festivities down to too much jelly and ice cream. Regardless, today’s reminder seems like the perfect excuse to think back over seven years of updates – taking No Man’s Sky from controversial beginnings to the staggeringly rich sci-fi opus is it now – and also silently scream inwardly at the imperceptible sprint of time.
“Seven years ago, for the first time, we watched players all over the world begin to explore the universe we had created,” Hello Games’ boss Sean Murray reflects in a short message shared to belatedly mark No Man’s Sky’s seventh anniversary, “I can’t describe what that felt like. It was already the culmination of five previous years of very hard work for our tiny team (the average team size was just 6, and at launch was just 15).