Last week Redditor Daymeeuhn became one of the most envied gamers when he bought a copy of No Man’s Sky 10 days before its scheduled release date for a whopping $1,300. Since it was announced back at the 2013 VGX Awards, the game has been nothing but an enigma that gamers have desperately been waiting to play – a game which has been marketed to feature over 18 quintillion planets for your adventurous curiosity to explore (that’s 18 followed by 18 zeros). Just how long does one need to roam around the mind-numbingly vast universe to reach its center? Well according to Sean Murray, developer of No Man’s Sky, it would take hundreds of hours of gameplay to reach the center.
That sure sounds promising and given the amount of time developers have spent on the game it’s hard to think otherwise. Yet the Redditor, Daymeeuhn, has recently proven them wrong. According to Polygon, Daymeeuhn now claims to have reached the center of the No Man’s Sky universe in just a little over 30 hours! And he’s also claiming that he wasn’t merely doing a quick run through of the game with the sole purpose of reaching the center of the universe:
Contrary to what a lot of people think, I have don’t A LOT of what the game has to offer. I actually intentionally took time out of my warp jumping over the course of going to the middle to explore planets to break up the monotony of it. This doesn’t mean I have done all the major events, however.
Sean Murray has stated that there are means within the game to allow gamers to more easily take shortcuts so that the galactic gap between all the empty space doesn’t seem all that daunting: upgrading your ship. And it seems like Daymeeuhn took advantage of this, he found an item that sold for a pricey sum in the galactic market and used the money to fully upgrade his means of traveling.
Daymeeuhn posted a heavily loaded spoiler throughout the thread he’s posted, not only touching upon his journey to the center but also critiquing several details about the game.
So why all the hype surrounding the center of the universe? Well apart from feeding our inate conquering driven minds, which will make one feel as though we’d “conquer” the universe if we were to reach its center, there’s also something that’s being kept a secret that will slightly change the game. In an interview with Gamespot, Sean Murray noted that
Well there’s a reason that you’ll want to make that journey, reasons that we haven’t really talked about. There are reasons why you would want to continue playing. Afterwards [those reasons] change the game a little bit. I also could see why, for many players, that would feel like a really good point to put down their pad and to kind of say, ‘I feel like I’ve completed No Man’s Sky.
However, luckily, it seems Daymeeuhn, although having previously posted several videos on DailyMotion which he took down out of regret, will not completely spoil the release of No Man’s Sky.
On his thread, he writes that he is considering releasing some information as to the aspects of the center, but he will still leave the mystery intact. Sean has gone to twitter to urge fans to not pay any attention to any of Daymeeuhn’s post. Hopefully Daymeeuhn’s claims don’t hold any validity. Hopefully we’ll be given hundreds of playing hours like the developers have promised. As of now the game is only a few days away, being released on August 9th for PS4 and on August 12th for PC.