No Man's Sky ships in transit

With No Man's Sky's release date fast approaching and concrete information being nearly impossible to find, the developers have started up a video series with the intent to briefly show what exactly the various parts of No Man's Sky are all about.

Today's video, as you can guess from the title, is all about trading, gathering strange and alien resources, unlocking new technology, and exploring the wide universe in search of further riches. Here's the video and a short description of trading that came along with it:


"Resources are a vital part of exploration, trading and survival. No Man’s Sky has its own periodic table of elements – some familiar to our world, some new and unknown – and each one is used in different ways. Some can be used to craft new items and weapons once the player has learnt the technology.

While planets might be unexplored, they aren’t necessarily uninhabited. Alien races have their own distinct languages, which can be learned a word at a time at ancient structures or through conversing with the aliens themselves. Unlock their vocabulary and your chance of a successful interaction increases, raising your standing with them.

Common resources on one planet could be scarce in another – mining on one planet to sell on another can be a lucrative trade. Players can also craft Products from resources, which can be sold for higher prices – discover a certain race’s preferred Product and you can make a living from supplying them."

I've said this during the Exploration video as well, but I'm still not sure if No Man's Sky can deliver on all of the hype it has created. Exploring procedurally generated worlds is something that's going to remain fun for a long time, but how many minerals do you think you'll dig through before simply giving up on the venture and just resorting to piracy or whatever other progression route No Man's Sky allows you? Unless the rocks become sentient and start tap-dancing once you reach the farthest corners of space, the answer for me would probably be pretty quickly.

Whether I'm just paranoid for no reason or completely correct, I have no idea, but we won't have to wait for very long in order to find out as No Man's Sky is set to release on August 10 for the PC and PS4. Here's to hoping it ends up being everything the hype-machine is building it up to be, mostly because I would hate to see people live through another "Spore" incident.

No Man's Sky screenshot showcasing new technology