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No Man’s Sky features more than 18 quintillion planets. That’s a lot of planets. It’s so many planets, in fact, that there’s more than one for everybody on our planet. More than ten, even. Or a hundred. LOADS more. I’d work out exactly how many, but I can’t even input that many zeroes on my calculator. The point is, you’re probably not ever going to encounter another person in the game, because why would you? They’re on a different planet. In a different solar system. In a different galaxy. In an entirely different space-time continuum. Actually, I made up the last one, but that’s kind of how lag works.

Anyway, although the game technically supports some asynchronous multiplayer features, it’s listed as a single-player game on Steam and the PlayStation Store. And as such, “PS Plus won’t be a requirement to play online,” a Sony representative has confirmed with Game Informer. “However you will need to connected to the internet for your discoveries to register with the universal atlas.”

Game’s out on PC and PS4 on 9 August.

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