No Man’s Sky release date: Plus price, pre-order, gameplay & trailers

No Man's Sky is a highly anticipated upcoming game for PS4 and PC, originally announced by developer and publisher Hello Games in 2013. But when is No Man's Sky coming out? And will it ever be available on Xbox One? We investigate to bring you everything you need to know about the sci-fi game including release date, price, pre-order, platforms, trailers and more. See also: Most anticipated games of 2016

Last updated to include confirmation that No Man's Sky will now be released in August 2016, but on the same day as the rest of Europe.

No Man's Sky release date: When is No Man's Sky coming out?

No Man's Sky release date: 10 August 2016 (UK and Europe)

UK-based Hello Games (the studio behind the Joe Danger Series) first announced No Man's Sky at VGX 2013, releasing a trailer for the game at the same time. It was then highlighted by Sony during its press event at E3 in June 2014, and then shown off in depth at E3 2015 earlier this year.

Even though No Man's Sky is an indie title, Sony can see the potential that this PS4 exclusive has, offering a gaming experience unlike any other, on any platform. Therefore, Sony is treating it as if it were being developed in-house, which from the tech giant is unprecedented.

"No Mans Sky has been treated as if it was from one of our internal studios,” Fergal Gara, Commercial Director of Sony UK says. “We have been working very closely with the developers and bringing it into our release programme as if we had made it. We are not going to treat it any differently and we are going to put the full weight of PlayStation behind it. If it all comes together as well as expected, it will be treated like a first-party release; it is not a self-published small indie title on the platform."

It's been confirmed that the game will launch on PC alongside the PS4 release, but it currently looks unlikely that an Xbox One version of the game will be released, although that could change. The Mac version is looking like a long shot too, although our colleagues on Macworld feel that a late-2016 launch isn't an impossibility. More here: No Man's Sky for Mac release date rumours.

It appears that No Man's Sky may be available for VR as Sean Murray, creator, has hinted in big style to Games Radar.

"I don't know what I'm allowed to say," he said on the subject. "It's something we're thinking about. Morpheus, Oculus… There's nothing more cool and sci-fi than VR and a big procedural universe. I think that, for the people who want to just explore, and even for the space combat and things like that, it would be a good fit. Let's put it that way."

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However, less than a month before No Man's Sky's June 2016 release, rumours surfaced claiming the release date was to be pushed back into July or possibly even August 2016, collectively breaking the hearts of fans. The report came from Kotaku, quoting two sources – the company described one source as 'reliable' with no further explanation as to how they were connected to the project while the other was a GameStop employee. The employee claimed that their store recently received a POS (point of sale) marketing materials with the June 22/24 release date, and that they were told to cover them up with 'Coming Soon' stickers as seen below:

Following the rumours, the MD of Hello Games Sean Murray confirmed that the rumours were true and that the release date had been pushed back until 10 August 2016 for EU gamers and two days later, 12 August 2016 for those of us in the UK. Communicating via the PlayStation Blog, Murray has high hopes for the game but thinks that a delay will provide the team with the time to make it perfect.

"The game really has come together, and it’s such an incredible relief. As we sit and play it now, and as I watch playtesters every day, I can finally let myself get excited. We’re actually doing this. However, as we approached our final deadlines, we realised that some key moments needed extra polish to bring them up to our standards. I have had to make the tough choice to delay the game for a few weeks to allow us to deliver something special."

Although fans across the world are disappointed (including us!) Murray later confirmed that he has received a number of death threats due to the change in release date. He tweeted the following:

While we'd love to get our hands on No Man's Sky in the next few weeks, waiting until August 2016 isn't too much of a compromise and those threatening the life of the man bringing it to the market need to be jettisoned into space…

Update (3/6/2016): We have good news – well, kind of anyway. While No Man's Sky still isn't being released until August, Sony has pulled some strings and moved the UK release date forward. Announcing the news via Twitter, the PlayStationUK account tweeted the following:

"Thank you for your feedback, we’ve been working with retailers and #NoMansSky will now launch on Aug 10th, the same as other EU countries"

No Man's Sky: Price and pre-order

As usual with most computer games, you can pre-order long before the release date. No Man's Sky has been up for pre-order on PS4 at both Amazon (£54.99) and GAME (£49.99) for some time.

The PlayStation blog is also announced that pre-orders for retail, limited and digital editions open would open on 3 March 2016. You can pre-order from the PlayStation Store for £49.99 here.

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No Man's Sky gameplay features

E3 2014 gave us lots of insight into what No Man's Sky is going to be like to play when it arrives on our consoles. It went down a treat with the critics, too, winning "Best Original Game" and "Best Independent Game" during the event, in addition to its "Special Commendation for Innovation" award.

Then, at E3 2015, we got a really good look at what it's going to be like to play the game when it arrives, and it looks incredible. So far it has been getting loads of attention, and we expect it to be a big hit.

So what's No Man's Sky about? It's a science-fiction game that lets players explore and survive in an infinite procedurally generated universe. That means that planets and solar systems will be built as you play, and each will be different to the next.

"Whether a distant mountain or a planet hanging low on the horizon, you can go there. You can fly seamlessly from the surface of a planet to another, and every star in the sky has a Sun that you can visit," reads the No Man's Sky website. Sounds cool, right?

There are many planets within No Man's Sky, each of which has a different landscape and different inhabitants. There are ancient artefacts to find and resources to collect and trade for new ships, suits and equipment to help you explore further.

"Choose whether to share your discoveries with other players," the website reads. "They're exploring the same vast universe in parallel; perhaps you'll make your make on their worlds as well as your own."

There's no storyline to No Man's Sky – it's designed to be entertaining enough for players to do whatever they please, so everyone's experience of the game will be very different. For example, you could decide to become a trader that transports goods between planets and space stations, or you could become a fighter who attacks the trader's ships, or you could make it your mission to rescue the traders who are under attack. The possibilities are pretty much endless.

If you are the first person to discover a planet or creature, you'll be able to name it, though Hello Games has put filters in place to prevent people from naming the planets inappropriately.

You'll be given a shield, a ship and a weapon to begin with, which you can improve upon as you play, but you'll need to be careful if you start killing creatures or attacking other ships, as that'll give you a wanted level that sends sentinels and police after you.

No Man's Sky gameplay video

IGN recently invited Sean Murray, founder of Hello Games, to showcase some of the lesser known features of the upcoming No Man's Sky. Up until now all gameplay videos have been cut up to showcase the best bits, while this time around Murray gives us a good idea of what to expect when we pick up the controller and play the game when it's released in June. It's an exciting first look, and we can't wait to get our hands on it!

No Man's Sky trailers

There are several trailers for No Man's Sky so far, all of which you can watch below to give you a better idea of what to expect from the game. The No Man's Sky trailer from the Sony Paris Games Week is at the top of the page.

No Man's Sky screenshots

You'll find a selection of screenshots from No Man's Sky below. Click each image to see a larger version and take a closer look.

No Man's Sky trailers

There are several trailers for No Man's Sky so far, all of which you can watch below to give you a better idea of what to expect from the game. The No Man's Sky trailer from the Sony Paris Games Week is at the top of the page.