There's been a bit of confusion recently about No Man's Sky's PC release date. While the official site was updated to state that it will launch globally on PC on the 12th, Steam has been counting down to the 9th. Our requests for clarity went unanswered, with developer Hello Games telling us it's "overwhelmed" at the moment.
Today, however, Sean Murray clarified on Twitter that the official site has the correct release date, not the Steam store page.
PC NMS release will now be global and will be August 12th worldwide. It's so important we get it right and make the best version we canAugust 5, 2016
As for why Hello Games has been so busy in the lead up to the launch, Murray provides an example. "I'm here tonight adding support for 21:9 monitors," he tweeted. "We don't even have one. I've stuck some cardboard to the side of mine ¯\_(シ)_/¯"
It's a little odd to think of Hello Games as a small indie developer grinding away with few resources and also the creator of one of the year's most anticipated games, with Sony backing its marketing—but that's the apparent situation.
A few PS4 copies are already in the hands of the public and press thanks to some retailers breaking street date. However, they don't include the patch Murray wants players and reviewers to wait for. As soon as we have a copy, we plan to play No Man's Sky on PS4 to provide you with impressions next week (it's the best we can do), and we'll switch over to the PC version as soon as we can—but that likely won't be until its PC launch on the 12th. Our review will, of course, be based on the PC version.
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Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley during the '80s and '90s, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on early PCs. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now, and PS1 classic Bushido Blade (that's right: he had Bleem!). Tyler joined PC Gamer in 2011, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. His hobbies include amateur boxing and adding to his 1,200-plus hours in Rocket League.