No Man's Sky is a procedural science fiction exploration title, where players can travel to any world they see, climb any mountain they dare, and fight any spacecraft foolish enough to encroach on their area.
Hello Games' introduction for players was the 2-minute trailer, that showed lush underwater, area discovery, space flight and combat, exiting a local planet atmosphere into space, as well as what appeared to be hyperspace or fast travel.
In an interview with Sean Murray of Hello Games immediately following the reveal, Murray explained that they didn't want to be typecast after Joe Danger. With No Man's Land, the studio aims to rethink what gamers think of and what has become the norm when thinking of Science Fiction.
When I say that (Sci Fi) you picture space marines, you picture post apocalypse, you picture dystopia you know? And that's now what I picture when I think of Sci Fi...Sci Fi for me is the books I grew up with, is actual fiction, Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlan, people like that.
Murray continued to explain that Hello Games wanted to create something about exploration, and something that felt real. Murray said,
In our game when you stand on a planet and you see a mountain, and like, that mountain is 3 miles away or wherever it is, and you can see it, you can walk there. You can go, and you can explore it.
The scope for No Man's Land indeed seems vast, and more is to be revealed in the coming months, as No Man's Land has yet to announce platforms, let alone a full feature set.
Polygon scored an exclusive interview with Murray, and when asked to categorize No Man's Land, polygon stated, "He stresses that although this game clearly involves space combat, exploration and resource gathering, it's not really about any of those things individually. He said that there is also land-based combat, not shown in the trailer, but would offer no more details."
In perhaps the most telling comment regarding the studios philosophy and vision for No Man's Land, Murray said,
The new consoles are really good. But most of the games we have seen feel like experiences you could have had with the last generation. They have next-gen graphics but we are more interested in creating next-gen gameplay.
No Man's Land has yet to receive much more than a trailer, missing a release date and platform for the time being. Look for more news about this exciting indie title in the near future.