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'No Man's Sky': 5 Reasons Why Its PS4/PC Release Date Will Probably Be A Bit Disappointing

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(Photo : Hello Games) "No Man's Sky's" release date is nearly here, and we can't help but brace ourselves for disappointment. Between delays and wild public expectations, this launch seems like a hate storm waiting to happen. "No Man's Sky" comes to PS4 and PC on Aug. 9.

"No Man's Sky's" release date is fast approaching, and we can't help but feel a bit concerned. No matter how awesome its concept might be, here are five reasons why the launch of this PS4 and PC game is bound to be disappointing.

1) Long Development Time, Insane Hype

"No Man's Sky" was first shown to the world at the end of 2013, and, since then, its hype has continued to fester. There were long droughts of silence where the public's imagination was able to run wild. Press tours signified that a release date announcement might be near, but instead the game was delayed. To make matters worse, even after a firm launch estimate had been established, it was delayed once more for the polish required to make a worthy final product.

That's all well and good, but the longer a game takes to come out, the more people expect from it. Considering the many years that "No Man's Sky" was in the incubator, there's no way it could possibly fulfill everyone's deepest desires. Especially in the age of the Internet, small issues can become big ones very quickly. Those kinds of qualms are unavoidable at any launch, and they'll be amplified in this case.

2) People Still Don't Really Understand What "No Man's Sky" Is

Anyone that reads "No Man's Sky" coverage from a small site like ours probably knows a great deal about Hello Games' space exploration epic. That being said, it's hard to say that the public at large is equally as knowledgeable about it. Sean Murray and crew have created something so new that it's hard to talk about, and that's going to be a problem on day one.

After all, there are still some folks out there that think "No Man's Sky" is some kind of intergalactic "Minecraft" where players can build settlements on planets and interact with friends. The people that anticipate those features are going to be disappointed. All the masses hear about is this game's limitless universe with infinite possibilities. They think of some massive title made by EA or Ubsioft instead of the product of a 20-person indie team.

3) Highly Requested Features Are Still Missing

Exploring a universe of 18 quintillion planets is a tantalizing concept on its own, but that doesn't hide the fact that "No Man's Sky" is still missing key features that many fans have been requesting. Namely, multiplayer and virtual reality support aren't being considered for right out of the gate.


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The lack of multiplayer will especially be irritating to those folks that link this PS4 and PC title to "Minecraft." Typically when game developers advertise a massive living world like this one, there's some kind of multiplayer involved. Not being able to share amazing discoveries in traditional ways is probably going to be a bit of a downer even for those that understand its loner motif. Despite its lengthy development cycle, "No Man's Sky" still isn't quite the experience that people want.

4) It's A Really Niche Concept

We've touched on this already, but it's worth reiterating that "No Man's Sky" really is creating its own genre. With its single-player leanings, reliance on crafting and such a massive place to explore, it will be up to the community to figure out what to do with what's given to them. Hello Games isn't telling us how to play because even its developers aren't sure what's in store.

That discovery process is going to be liberating for some players and troublesome for others. There will likely be brief tutorials to highlight key mechanics, but it's sort of impossible to provide a true guide to players when there are systems that are that open to interpretation. Not everybody is going to be willing to peruse Reddit to find crafting recipes. Few people are going to actually reach the center of the Galactic Map. With that in mind, some gamers just aren't going to be as committed to creating their own fun at launch.

5) Haters And Fans Are Both Very Passionate

If there's one thing we've learned about the "No Man's Sky" community after its several delays, it's that its fan base is exceptionally passionate. Actual human lives were threatened over a later release date. That's not something that happens a lot.

The problem is that those ardent defenders aren't going to mix too well with a larger gaming community that's overwhelmingly negative by nature. Barring perfect review scores, there are still going to be people that take pleasure in instigating the most zealous fans. This launch is a flame war waiting to happen whether the game is good or bad, and that's going to put a slight damper on things.

"No Man's Sky" comes to PS4 and PC on Aug. 9.

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