Hello Game’s No Man’s Sky

Authored by: Kevin Schut

The Routledge Companion to Imaginary Worlds

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138638914
eBook ISBN: 9781315637525
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315637525.ch50

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Abstract

Space exploration has held a special fascination for many 20th- and 21st-century dreamers, but it’s always been a tad expensive and inconvenient. Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that a far more affordable video game that promised an infinite universe to voyage through would generate significant hype and near-religious devotion before it went public. No Man’s Sky launched in August 2016 to frenzied anticipation, reaching sales figures that are almost unheard of for indie releases. Within days, the game was the focus of significant gamer backlash, as many players and critics decided the game had not lived up to its advance billing.

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