No Man’s Sky Steals the Show at VGX
Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 18:12
Among the VGX award ceremony hosted by SpikeTV over the weekend, there were many segments masquerading as “world exclusives.” Most of them were just trailers for games announced six months ago (“Titanfall”), or official announcements of games that were leaked weeks ago (“Telltale’s Game of Thrones game”).
However, there was one game that stood out. Hello Games’ “No Man’s Sky” absolutely floored audiences, and even got me to stop tweeting snarky remarks about host Joel McHale’s boredom.
The trailer started with a first-person view of a procedurally generated ocean. Jokes about “Endless Ocean 3” were quickly cut short as the view pulled out of the water to reveal a massive, alien world with orange grass and spaceships dotting the sky.
The real surprise came when the person belonging to this first-person perspective hopped in a starfighter of their own and launched directly into space: no load times, no cut-scenes, no transition trickery. They went from ocean to planet to space in five seconds flat.
The developers have since explained that the game is “true sci-fi.” It’s all about beauty, exploration and adventure with nary a space marine or post-apocalyptic society to be found. There will still be combat, as we saw in the trailer, but it seems the real draw here is just how much there is to see.
The scope of the project is even more impressive when you consider that Hello Games is comprised of four people. Up to now, their most impressive franchise was “Joe Danger,” a cartoony time trial game about a goofy stuntman.
The “Joe Danger” games are certainly enjoyable for what they are, but they never hinted at this kind of scale.
Despite whatever ire the viewing audience may have for VGX and Spike, Hello Games made a bold, intelligent move to debut its game over the three-hour show. With little noteworthy news coming out of the award ceremony, this four-person team now has the world’s attention, and everything to gain.
To check out the game yourself, check out http://bit.ly/IMotny.