Is No Man’s Sky Perfectly Placed To Succeed?

Is No Man’s Sky Perfectly Placed To Succeed?

No Man’s Sky is set to be one of this year’s biggest games. It has already taken up the mantle of the people’s darling, further bridging the gap between indie and the main stream. The hype is real, the expectations are lofty, even though people are seemingly not too sure what the game has to offer.

I recall the impact the initial reveal trailer had. People were blown away, instantly enthralled. For a game made by such a small team, the reaction the trailer had would make most big budget games lusty. Then everything went silent, No Man’s Sky vanished. Word of mouth did what it does best, keeps games alive without the need for mass marketing.

We now find ourselves nearing No Man’s Sky’s official release, but is the heat still there? Can it even live up to the expectations it inveterately laid? Video game media is a mixture of cynical and suspiciously positive.

At this point, No Man’s Sky is well placed to succeed, mainly down to its release date window. June is a pretty barren month (at least when this post was written) with barely any games of note releasing. Launching in such a sleeper month allows for a much less jaded approach to set in. May features big hitters like Doom, Overwatch, Fire Emblem and Uncharted 4, all heavy duty games. By the time all of these titles have been experienced, what better way to relax than a gentle release like No Man’s Sky?

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The simple act of exploration is hugely calming. Discovery goes hand in hand with our natural curiosity, No Man’s Sky seems to thrive on this. Travelling through the corridors of space, seeking out new planets, it’s hugely appealing. Even when the gameplay footage hints towards some rather ‘walking simulator’ like elements, the appealing look of the worlds remains strong enough to engage. Witnessing someone’s idea of space, their creative spin on the great unknown.

No Man’s Sky could prove to be the best game that acts as a release from modern video game experiences. The potential market also stands to benefit. Given the rather quiet month of its release, No Man’s Sky can easily seduce people simply looking for something new to play. With the likes of social media, Youtube and Twitch, it’s going to be hard to avoid talk of the game. That very same talk can often push someone over the edge into becoming a customer.

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No Man’s Sky may not be the thundering big budget release 2016 is packed with, but it has the perfect release window. Avoiding competition with heavy hitter is a smart move. Nestling itself in the hushed release window, and as a result becoming more appeal, will surely be beneficial to sales. Marketing will no doubt have a impact, but word of mouth, yet again, will be key. In terms of commercial success, No Man’s Sky is set up for bright things. 

 

Sean Halliday


18 Comments

  1. Dr.Ghettoblaster
    March 10, 2016, 2:06 am

    “Is No Man’s Sky Is Perfectly Placed To Succeed?”

    You’re article headline (arguably the most important part of an article) is improper English and makes no sense. I’ve re-read it 5 times now trying to make sure i’m not missing something here. You’re double use of the word “Is” is (no pun intended) very confusing. I’m actually NOT going to read your article based on the professional trust you lost during this mistake. But I did want to take the time to comment and make sure you were aware of this. One would think the article would be entirely proof read before posting live.

    • Sean Halliday
      March 10, 2016, 2:08 am

      ‘professional trust you lost during this mistake’

      I’m not a professional, never claimed to be. Typos happen. Have a nice night

      • Dr.Ghettoblaster
        March 10, 2016, 2:24 am

        Sean Halliday (Author),
        I’m sorry, take the word “professional” out (clearly you’re not my mistake). You lost a readers trust who WANTED to read your article (clicked on it as proof), thus you lost an interested read. How many of those are you willing to lose? You not proof reading your articles MAIN HEADLINE before going live loses all my trust, interest, & your credibility as an AUTHOR, thus essentially making your article garbage. Undeniably simply not very good practice as an author is it? Take it or leave it. Peace.

        • Sean Halliday
          March 10, 2016, 2:44 am

          You’re over reacting to a typo made in the title. I don’t know what you want me to say? i run this site as a hobby between various other hobbies and day-to-day life. If you really want to sit and give me shit about a typo, then that’s your choice. If you’re unwilling to read a post based on a typo (which was correctly corrected) then all power to you. What i don’t understand is why you keep trying to justify the fact you don’t want to read it. If the typo means that much, that’s fine. Plenty of professional sites you read.

          ‘Take it or leave it. Peace.’

          Take what? leave what? you made your mind up in the first comment.

          • Dr.Ghettoblaster
            March 10, 2016, 3:10 am

            You really are that stupid?…..wow…….ok….

            “Take what? leave what?”

            My comment/feedback/advice you absolute moron. Many people aren’t going to even bother reading an article if there’s a blatant typo in the freakin headline, it’s pretty simple Journalism 101 really lmao. You just lost ALL credibility in your opening line, but, again, you’re not a professional, so I wouldn’t expect you to understand this sort of language (or what “credibility” means and it’s importance in journalism).

            I WAS trying to HELP you in your future endeavors, but you don’t take constructive criticism very well at all it’s plain to see. Good luck in your future attempts at being an “author” lol, you’re def going to need it man…

          • Sean Halliday
            March 10, 2016, 3:17 am

            Calling me stupid then butchering a ellipsis twice is a bit odd.

            Again, the typo was there for less than ten minutes.

            All you are doing is trying to belittle me at this point. I don’t get why (bar the anonymity of online usernames of course) but if that’s your hobby then fair enough.

            ”but you don’t take constructive criticism very well at all”

            You pointed out there was a typo in the title, then went on a two paragraph post to why you no longer trust me. How is that constructive? Now you’re trying to insult me over a typo…which was there for less than ten minutes. You had no intention of trying to be helpful. Calm down.

  2. Dr.Ghettoblaster
    March 10, 2016, 3:09 am

    You really are that stupid?…..wow…….ok….

    “Take what? leave what?”

    My comment/feedback/advice you absolute moron. Many people aren’t going to even bother reading an article if there’s a blatant typo in the freakin headline, it’s pretty simple Journalism 101 really lmao. You just lost ALL credibility in your opening line, but, again, you’re not a professional, so I wouldn’t expect you to understand this sort of language (or what “credibility” means and it’s importance in journalism).

    I WAS trying to HELP you in your future endeavors, but you don’t take constructive criticism very well at all it’s plain to see. Good luck in your future attempts at being an “author” lol, you’re def going to need it man…

  3. Jason Verbasominski
    March 10, 2016, 4:45 am

    “the typo was there for less than ten minutes.”

    FYI – Saw this link live 10 seconds ago

  4. Jason Verbasominski
    March 10, 2016, 4:46 am
    • Sean Halliday
      March 10, 2016, 4:54 am

      The n4g title (once it’s been approved by the community)can only be edited by a mod unfortunately. There’s a request already been made but beyond that there’s nothing I can do. It went from awaiting approval to live In. The space of me making of a cup of tea!

  5. John
    March 10, 2016, 11:07 am

    “You’re article headline”…oh the irony

    • Sean Halliday
      March 10, 2016, 5:56 pm

      hand on heart, i really do not understand his problem

  6. 12Stepper4Life
    March 11, 2016, 12:13 am

    I just saw the article typo on N4G link that took me here. I too had to read it a couple of times so I certainly see Ghettos point about author losing credibility from the get go no doubt valid point for sure, but yeah could have been a bit more tactful in his presentation.

    Good article btw can’t WAIT for NMS

    • Sean Halliday
      March 11, 2016, 12:17 am

      I can’t edit the N4G title once it has been approved, only the mod can unfortunately. A ticket was raised, but never replied to.

  7. Tom K
    March 11, 2016, 1:12 am

    All the more reason to proofread before finalizing for approval ;)

    • Sean Halliday
      March 11, 2016, 1:14 am

      Typos happen. I do not know how many times i can sorry about it. Look at the amount of posts i have on N4G, one typo title in about 300 and people come out of the wood work to point it out.

      • Trinity
        March 14, 2016, 3:36 am

        lol you make “typos” on resumes or term paper headings do ya?? I sure as hell make sure I don’t would look like a damn fool. Same thing here. Dude’s kinda right.

        • Sean Halliday
          March 14, 2016, 3:39 am

          Term papers? resumes? .co.uk mate. Again, it was a typo on the site for less than ten minutes. It’s nearly a week later and you come here to make such a bizarre comment. Enjoy your sunday i guess?

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