For many gamers, one of the big reasons to spend time in No Man’s Sky is the ability for player’s to name their various discoveries, from the solar systems and planets right on down to the regions within planets, and the plants and animals inhabiting those regions. And, provided it wasn’t crude or indecent, there were no limitations on naming. However, in what seems to be turning out to be a common occurrence when it comes to No Man’s Sky, things aren’t exactly as promised. Several players are now reporting that after two weeks, discoveries are being erased from the game.
One gamer, after playing for a little more than two weeks, traveled back to the system he started his epic journey from. However, he found that all of the planet location, plant, and animal names he’d put in place were gone. After traveling to other nearby systems, he found that his naming work there had been undone as well. he’d named were gone. His planet and solar system names were intact, but everything else was gone.
After sharing his finding on Reddit, others confirmed the same thing was happening to them. Commenters on the thread theorized that it was happening as a way to save memory, as a huge database of names would add up over time. And, with this being the case, one more small charm of the game has been stripped away.
With Sales Down, is The Game Still Heading to XBox One?
Recent leaks discovered from extensive data mining sources hint at an upcoming Xbox One release for No Man’s Sky, Hello Games’ procedurally generated space exploration game. But is it still headed to XBox one? The game had 81% drop in sales coming into the second week of release, and problems, like the naming one above, are still piling up for the game.
Posts from NeoGAF, a self-titled “nexus of hardcore gamers” and industry professionals, debate if, or rather, when, No Man’s Sky will make the leap from PC and PS4 to the Xbox One console, as was hinted at by Hello Games’ Sean Murray, the brains behind No Man’s Sky, during an interview with The Daily Star. The excitement simmering within his words was tangible as he claimed he wasn’t sure what he was “actually allowed to say,” and should be “very specific” with what little information he was allowed to share. He was cut off by a Sony representative, and ushered along, a suspicious, and thus, for many Xbox enthusiasts, promising look at things to come.
Data Miners Search of Evidence of No Man’s Sky Heading to XBox
After the hope of an eventual XBox release was reignited in the gaming community, GAFers (NeoGAF users) took it upon themselves to get to the root of the matter, quickly pouring hours into intensive data mining to dig up some hint that would confirm or deny the largest free roam game yet created would soon grace Microsoft’s systems.
Soon after, username Dragonbane, a GAFer, dug up a promising yet still not concrete snippet of evidence that implies Havoc, the physics engine for No Man’s Sky, was being formatted for “Xbone,” as implied by the name of a save file.
Gamers wait anxiously to see if patches and updates to No Man’s Sky make it worth the hefty price of $60 for what many are calling “an unfinished $20 indie game.” If not, Team XBox may move on from this ambitious free roam pipe dream and turn their sights to the next big thing, such as new additions to already successful and well-loved Xbox series, like Fallout 4: Nuka-World, an exciting new addition to game already impressive in scope, set to drop at the end of this month.
So, what do you think? Are you still interested in playing the game?
The Redditor who first brought the discovery wiping up is now saying the discoveries are loading, and the issue may have actually been related to slow loading servers:
“It seems like a server bugs like it takes a while for your old discoveries to re-download. Please spread the word and if you are having this problem just wait and see if your discoveries will return. It seems a little bugged where as you get further and further away from your starting point you can’t see your old discoveries even when you find your way back. It’s like the server lags behind big time and takes a while to find the old information.”
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