Everyone at The Galactic Observer is anxiously tapping their feet, waiting for the release of No Man’s Sky! No game can come and change that, however, the below 5 titles may prove to be fierce competition for Hello Games. Let’s have a look at what the competition has to offer.

Star Citizen

Arguably one of the most hyped releases of the sci-fi genre, Star Citizen even holds a Guinness World record as the most crowdfunded title (or anything else) with over $113 million pledged to date. Star Citizen puts you in control of a character on an immense and ever changing universe, with its own economy system that is influenced by players actions.

An MMO at heart, Star Citizen has a single player campaign mode as well which will be sold separately, with co-op multiplayer available. The appeal of the single player portion of the game is complemented with the vastness of space, where you can make your own choices and go about your life as you wish. Star Citizen has everything from mining to trading or piracy.

The creator, Chris Roberts is the mastermind behind Wing Commander, so you can expect exciting space combat as well. He did not only bring his expertise to Star Citizen, he also brought along Mark Hamill who plays a role on the campaign portion of the game.

The game is in alpha and the release date has been set for 2016, although no exact date has been given.

Star Citizen

Astroneer

The question Astroneer poses is, what if you are lone astronaut on a distant planet trying to survive but at the same time make a fortune? This exploration game has you trying to survive, discover and construct, all with a beautiful art style. If you desire for shooting aliens, this is not the game for you, as it focus entirely on finding your way on another planet and making some return on your investment. Giant Bomb released a video with the creators of the game that you might want to have a look.

There is no set release date although the Steam page for the game states that it should be out on 2016.

AstroneerStellaris

Paradox Interactive gave us some of the best grand strategy games ever made like Hearts of Iron and Europa Universalis. These games are known for being some of the most complex and in-depth simulators titles every created. Paradox has now set sights on space with Stellaris, where you can build your own empire on the stars.

You will be able to go anywhere in the universe and colonize any planet you wish! This is, of course, if that location isn’t occupied by another alien civilization. If that is the case, you can open diplomacy with them, or if you wish, wage war. Getting to know the universe and explore its mysteries is one of the strong points on this game, as it promises a great adventure.

Stellaris is set to be released on the 9th of May 2016.

Stellaris

Horizon Zero Dawn

This Playstation exclusive takes us 1000 years into the future where robots have taken over. These are not, however, your Terminator movie type robots. From the trailer released at E3, the machines are animal like and hunting them is vital so you can upgrade your weapons and stock up on ammo. You are equipped only with a bow and arrow and must make due with what you have, while exploring the main story of the game.

No exact release date has been confirmed, but it expected to come out during 2016.

horizon zero dawn

EVE: Valkyrie

EVE is one of the biggest space MMOs ever, and with the upcoming Oculus Rift, it was only natural that its universe would have an immense appeal for the new VR technology. EVE: Valkyrie is a multiplayer dogfighting game that uses virtual reality as its main platform. The technology might not be mainstream yet, but it is worth a mention as it is a groundbreaking title that uses next-gen capabilities that all of us wish that get traction and improve with time.

From the above list, EVE: Valkyrie is the only game that has already been released. It is bundled with the Oculus Rift.

eve valkyrie

Competition: Expected impact on No Man’s Sky

As a gamer, competition is always welcome on an already saturated market. 2016 is a great year to be a sci-fi lover with many upcoming titles that makes us excited for what might come next. No Man’s Sky will remain at the top of our list and we hope that this heavy competition will help the game thrive.

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Luis Pereira
Luis Pereira
Luis is a gamer at heart and a lover of Sci-fi. From first watching the Star Wars trilogy (at the time) as a kid and playing the game Freelancer, he became in love with space and everything related to it. Luis is always interested in meeting like-minded people and having fun discussing everything related to video games!