No Man’s Sky Boasts 18.4 Quintillion Planets

It’s one of the most anticipated games out there, but it also remains one of the most secret despite showing off a ton of gameplay. We know that Hello Games’ “No Man’s Sky” is a space exploration/simulation game, one heavily inspired by classic sci-fi authors and containing procedurally generated worlds to which you can warp to.

Hello Games’ Alex has now dropped a post on the PlayStation blog offering an update of forty-one new pieces of information about the game that many aren’t aware of at this time. The post discusses just how ridiculously ambitious the game really is.

The biggest reveal is that in this universe there are approximately 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 planets and, even if you visit each one for only a single second, it would take you 585 billion years to see them all.

In fact it’s so vast that the developers have bots sending back gifs of planets to make sure things are varied and interesting enough.

The universe is generated by your PS4 at the point you visit it. Leave and it’s all thrown away, but if you return it is generated again exactly as it was – which also means the game is completely playable offline.

Finally, there are no cutscenes or characters in the film. However, any planet you visit will be completely generated and boast different ecosystems depending upon your proximity to a star and whether you’re on a planet’s day or night side.

Read the full list here. There’s still no word on a release date for the game as yet.