No Man’s Sky is coming soon, and we’re excited to find out whether it will scratch that space exploration itch. Will it take us to where no man has ventured before, or will it come crashing down on some planet and disappear into obscurity? Here’s everything you need to know about the game’s release, capped off by whether or not you should pre-order the game or get it on release day.

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#1 What Platforms is No Man’s Sky Releasing On?

No Man’s Sky is scheduled to release on the PC and PS4 only. Furthermore, the PC version will be limited to Windows, so Mac and Linux users are out of luck. Although Microsoft has expressed interest in No Man’s Sky for the Xbox One, developer Hello Games has made no indications whatsoever that an Xbox One version of the game is in development or even under consideration.

#2 When is the Release Date?

No Man’s Sky is scheduled to release on June 21st in North America. It will release in Europe a day later, on June 22nd. The UK and the rest of the world get the game last, on the 24th. This is a bit surprising, considering the game is developed in the United Kingdom itself. There are no indications of any retailers doing a midnight release for the game yet, so at this stage, if you intend to play the game as soon as it unlocks, digital is the way to go.

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#3 What Time Does it Unlock?

Hello Games has not yet announced when the servers will go up or when the game will be unlocked. Steam and PlayStation Store currently do not list a time for release. The safest assumption in this case would be that the game is launching at 12:01 AM in the respective time zones of the release territories. For example, on the release day, June 21st, the game might unlock at 12:01 AM Eastern Time in the USA. On the British date, it would be 12:01 AM British Standard Time, and so on. Keep in mind that this is speculation and we might learn more about the release time as we get closer to the release.

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  • Uridium

    Why do we need to have other players in our face for a game to be ‘good’?

    The whole exploration do what you want game style is very love/hate. A lot of people don’t like it. I am one of those who do like it. I haven’t pre ordered (yet??) but my interest for NMS is its future. I am gambling that further features will be added in the future.

    If they were to add minecraft style, base building, can you imagine what some people will do…. establish planets, build city’s…. sheesh, it wouldn’t take too much development to add in ‘uplifting’ of the local species…!!!

    If they look at NMS as the base for developing it over years to come…. the possibilities are amazing.

  • Casey Rybek

    We have every reason to be skeptical of this game, yet everyone seems to be effortlessly bending over for the hype. I don’t get it. When since a game is so large that it’s unlikely to run into another player is actually celebrated? What’s so exciting about finding a planet to explore how other players have named the animals? You can’t build and crafting is limited to things that come with you (ship, gun, suit). Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the technical achievement with NMS and “procedural generation” of these gigantic planets but do we really think these planets are going to be bustling with activity and buildings to explore? Sure, you can learn languages and trade, but what the f$#! is the impetus for all of this if you’ll have zero competition against real players? When I first heard about this game, I thought, not for me but people who love the mixture of Minecraft and Destiny will love this, but it’s not even that! We’re so excited about the size of this game and not even thinking about the realistic issues that will surely be present because of the size of this game!

    • LukeDude759

      I’ll go ahead and give you the good news first: You’re not the only person who’s worried about the state of multiplayer in No Man’s Sky.

      Now on to the bad news: The vast majority of people who are excited for this game don’t think it’s a problem in the slightest, and that’s not because they’re unaware. Games don’t always have to be solely focused on competition. Why do you think there are so many games that are entirely singleplayer? There’s no one to compete against in those games, and yet somehow they still do just as well as any multiplayer game.

    • GhostFox

      *Obi-Wan voice* This is not the game you’re looking for. You can go about your business.

      You’re not the target audience for NMS. Purchase something that fits your preferred playstyle instead. I don’t do online PvP, ever. I don’t denigrate games that are PvP, I just avoid them. If you insist on PvP, play something with PvP.