It only seems appropriate, really, that No Man’s Sky – featuring one of the most expansive universes we’ve ever seen in video games, millions (upon millions) of planets, and endless opportunities for exploration – is an almost entirely solitary affair. And because it’s all-but totally single-player, you won’t need a PS Plus account if you’re playing on console.
David Milner, editor of Game Informer Australia, asked Sony the big question, and got an official response:
PS Plus won’t be a requirement to play online, however you will need to connected to the internet for your discoveries to register with the universal atlas.
Basically, even though the game is technically multiplayer-capable, Hello Games figure the chances of you meeting up with mates floating among the stars are so remarkably minute that No Man’s Sky is classified as a single-player experience.
So what is the atlas? It’s a sort of leaderboard, which means individual players are able to leave their own marks on the universe for other people to discover – sort of like the footprints left on the moon.
How likely are you to discover those footprints, though? We’ll find out on August 9, when the game finally arrives for PC and PS4.