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No Man's Sky: Open exploration detailed, land battles confirmed

Hello Games reveals new details on its sci-fi space adventure

No Man's Sky was one of the surprise announcements to emerge from last weekend's VGX event, but details were scant.

Adding to an impressive reveal trailer, developer Hello Games has unveiled new gameplay information in recent preview events with press.

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The game sets players off at the outskirts of the universe with a mission to journey towards its center. This, however, is a task that requires "intelligence, imagination and co-operation," Hello Games' Sean Murray told Polygon.

Players are set free to explore space in search of new worlds. Stars and planets are created procedurally as they are discovered, with unique environments and complete ecosystems to match them. It's a persistent online world, so once discovered, these locations become available to others. "The act of discovery is also an act of creation," explains the report.

Players will be able to make "significant changes" to locations - changes which will remain in affect for other players who follow.

The game is not just about exploration. The reveal trailer showed glimpses of space battles, and Murray has confirmed land-based combat.

While specific platforms are yet to be confirmed, Murray says Hello Games aims to push the capabilities of "the new consoles" with "next-gen gameplay", and not just pretty visuals.

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