Sony Computer Entertainment has posted a new developer video of No Man’s Sky, bringing viewers behind the scenes at Hello Games with Sean Murray, who discusses the game’s origin.
“We always knew the type of game that we wanted to make, and we’d known it before we even started Hello Games,” Murray said. “And we knew that Joe Danger was going to be a stepping stone towards that.”
No Man’s Sky‘s development began a year and a half ago. It was code-named “Project Skyscraper” at the time, and was a dream of Murray’s since childhood.
“I think I heard somebody saying it’s like a pitch from a child, basically,” Murray said. “There will be a universe and you can go anywhere and there’s a ship and you can shoot lasers and all that kind of things. It’s like the most childish idea for a game in the world.
“And it was really fueled by sci-fi as I’d always experienced it, which was books, books that I’d grown up with, like actual science fiction.”
Murray went on to talk about the game’s contents and objectives.
“Give everyone a spaceship, start them all on a different planet, give them a working, living, breathing universe that has planets with ecology, that has space stations and fleets, and military police, and different races, and all of them interacting.”
“That said, it isn’t just like some sort of empty blank canvas. There is a lore to the universe and there are decisions that we make based on that, and it has a personality. And it is generally a pretty dangerous place to be as it should be for sci-fi. It isn’t just some ambient utopia.”
Everyone will begin on a different planet on the edge of the galaxy. And most people, according to Murray, will want to make it their objective to reach the center of the galaxy.
“There’s a reason you would want to do that,” Murray said.
And to do that, you’ll need to upgrade your ship, upgrade your weapons, upgrade your suit, and plan and cooperate with other players.
“And there is a game beyond that [reaching the center], and you will continue to play. But for a lot of people, that’s the core journey that they will be on. They will think, ‘I started out with the smallest, crappiest ship you can imagine, and I got to a point where I can get to the center of the galaxy and can see what was there.'”
Watch the video below. No Man’s Sky is coming to PlayStation 4.