No Man’s Sky is the gift that keeps on giving, from a team we don’t even deserve.
Did you know that the procedurally-generated aesthetic for No Man’s Sky was based on pulpy, 70s science fiction novel covers?
(We did know, but it’s still fun to watch the video in the post linked above. For all of its “bazillion of procedurally generated planets” pitch, the aesthetic and the atmosphere of No Man’s Sky are still some of its biggest selling points, especially with the very scary Desolation update from a couple of months ago.)
As the free content updates kept coming for No Man’s Sky, each with its own science fiction cover, it built up a bigger picture: a “shelf” of those pulpy sci-fi book covers.
But when Sean Murray, of Hello Games, tweeted a picture of all the covers together following the Desolation update, it did not escape people’s notice that there was only “room” for one more cover left on that artificial bookshelf of pulpy book covers:
Four years ago today No Man's Sky came out, and started a journey we feel lucky to be a part of with you all ❤️ pic.twitter.com/YBlRVpyOlm
— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) August 10, 2020
And with the No Man’s Sky Origins update set to be revealed next week, people have been worried that might be the last update we see for the game. The final space on the bookshelf will be filled, as it were.
But according to the blog post announcing Origins, “This update will be another small step in a longer journey.”
Perhaps Hello Games isn’t quite done with No Man’s Sky just yet.