With 2015 barely underway, the year is already loaded with several highly anticipated game releases. A barrage of AAA titles, ranging from Halo 5 to The Legend of Zelda Wii U, boast bigger worlds and advanced features beyond anything we’ve ever seen on older systems. But the most ambitious game of the new year won’t be coming out of an existing series or an AAA studio at all.
Say hello to Hello Games‘ No Man’s Sky – an intergalactic open world adventure that promises to fit the vastness of space into your living room. Players will be free to explore a procedurally generated universe so massive that it will never be fully revealed. Trying to grasp the scale of the game will likely result in brain hemorrhaging—if you visited every planet for a single second, it would take approximately “585 billion years” to reach every one.
Luckily players don’t have to do this (completely) alone. No Man’s Sky’s universe will be a shared one, letting players share their planetary discoveries with others who are online. Whether or not you’ll encounter anyone is a different story. Sean Murray, founder of Hello Games, explained that it would be difficult for players to meet up because of the sheer scale of the universe and the planets themselves. Space exploration will likely be a solitary affair, with players discovering new galaxies, gathering resources and engaging in ship combat on their own.
Specifics about these mechanics are still scarce despite a PS4 release date set for sometime this year (PC release coming later), but if anything is certain, it’s that the biggest game of 2015 will be from a studio of 10 people. Be sure to bring your completionist friends some food and water when this game drops, because they’re going to be lost in No Man’s Sky for a long time.