Will you be the first to discover new planets? Flora? Fauna? When No Man’s Sky releases on August 9th, it’ll be a race to discover (and name) the first animals, plants and even planets populating the massive universe of Hello Games much-hyped game. 18 Quintillion planets are at our disposal. That’s 18 followed by another 18 zeroes. We are all bound to make our own discovery at some point.

Hello Games released the first of a series of four trailers showing us what we will do in No Man’s Sky.

Three more trailers will focus on Fight, Trade and Survive.

Exploring isn’t just about being the first to discover. Finding resources plays an important role. Collecting resources is necessary to upgrade your gun or recharge your shields.

Discovery is what you do when you first reach a planet. Collecting resources help you continue with the ultimate goal of reaching the center of the universe. You’ll need resources to upgrade your character, your ship, your hyperdrive and more.

I shouldn’t even say ‘goal.’ Hello Games is adamant that you can play No Man’s Sky however you want. Reaching the center of the universe is more of a guide. How you tackle No Man’s Sky is completely up to you.

If you’re still not sure what No Man’s Sky is about, I can’t recommend the video below enough. It perfectly illustrates everything you can do on and around one planet.

I don’t know if No Man’s Sky will live up to the hype, but I do know I want to play it. The 15-minute video above gives us a good idea at what kind of gameplay loop we are looking at. The biggest obstacle for Hello Games will be making sure that doesn’t grow stale.

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How much more variety will we see as we venture closer to the center of the universe? We haven’t seen any of that (at least, I don’t think so), and it’s understandable. No Man’s Sky is a game about discovery at its core. Hello Games doesn’t and shouldn’t show us too much.

What do you think of the new Explore trailer? More importantly, the 15-minute gameplay demo I also linked? What do you think of the gameplay loop shown by the developer?

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