It’s April, and like most of us, I am counting the days until June 21st. There’s been a lot of rhetoric about the game since Hello Games came out of their coding cave. The game is stated to be more of a single-player affair, even though technically there are others players out there. What happens after a good while and we all converge towards the center of the galaxy? What does this mean with respect to Multi-player? What are we not getting here? Questions asked over and over as if there were five cents per comment on social media. There have been heated arguments and deep discussions about some of the new elements revealed in the game, such as NPCs and language monoliths. The one subject that seems to have everyone’s jets on full is the concept of multi-player.
Hello? Is there anybody in there? Just Nod If You Can Hear Me.
As I’ve touched on before. Space is big. Just how big? I’ll let Douglas Adams describe it for us.
“Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.” – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
So it stands to reason then, why we’ve been told how unlikely we will see anyone else in No Man’s Sky. Not our friends, not our enemies and certainly not celebrities like David Hasslehoff, because he doesn’t play video games. So at the outset, we will be the furthest from other players that we will ever be. We will be quite busy collecting resources and banking units for the next jump drive and getting eaten by various alien creatures. All great fun but then something else begins to happen.
Funnel of Fun
As a single player, know this. You aren’t the only one on a pilgrimage to the center of the universe. In fact, most players are keen to get there first. As if on launch day, someone dropped the puck at an intergalactic hockey game or fired a starter’s pistol from an asteroid with a little flag on it. This will cause a perimeter ring of players converging on the center of the universe as if pouring molasses down a funnel. So what happens when this charge of explorers gets close to the center? I wouldn’t go as far to say there will be a traffic jam but we must realize that the number of players we will see by that point will be exponentially more than when we had our lonely start in No Man’s Sky. What will that be like? Will the encounter at the center be instanced? Will we have to line up to get in like at your favorite restaurant? What will happen?
So remain calm in the seventy five or so days left until launch. Try not to choke on the anticipation and enjoy the awakening of the real world. Smell some flowers, have a latte. Try not to step in click bait (that stuff is murder to get off your shoes). Enjoy springtime because as of June 21st the idea of “outdoors” will be the ones we rarely approach.