No Man’s Sky is likely to be one of the biggest games ever to release in terms of scale alone. We already know that it will be impossible for a single person to experience every location in the game, because doing so would take five billion years and that’s if you just spent one second on each planet. This also means you won’t see all the effects that players will have on all these planets, because it has been confirmed the terrain will be destructible.
This information comes from an interview between Eurogamer and Hello Games’ Sean Murray.
“You can see the terrain is destructible, which is something we haven’t shown people before…Resource gathering in every game is normally super boring, and people purposely make it like a chore. And we want it to be fun. It’s something we’re still playing about with. It’s quite fun to be able to do it from a distance, and we also have this grenade thing. Now this isn’t how it will look – it will be like plasma ball – you’ll just have to trust me. And that blows holes in the terrain.
I find myself just doing this, being on a mountain and scanning and then just destroying everything around me. Doing the usual stupid things of drilling a hole and having an animal fall into it.”
We already knew resource gathering would be a thing but it wasn’t really expanded upon how it would be done. This new information hints at destroying features in the landscape to get as much as you can. Now I’m just imagining an intricate system of mines, and mountains full of tunnels.