An avid No Man’s Sky player has taken it upon themselves to make some throwback box art for the game as if it were launched in the good ol’ days of gaming. Nowadays, “demaking” a modern game is more frequent than ever.
Fans have remade Resident Evil to resemble a 16-bit Sega Genesis game, while Bloodborne has been transformed for the PlayStation 1 to look more retro. The massive geographical size of No Man’s Sky, which is claimed to consist of about 18 quintillion planets, was one of the greatest draws when Hello Games pumped up its IP a few years before the game’s 2016 release.
Even if you didn’t play it at launch, you’ve probably heard about the developer’s outrage once it was revealed that the game’s content had been overstated. However, the British studio has now made amends, and after a slew of patches, NMS now appears to have found its footing and is well praised.
Some No Man’s Sky players like displaying their love for the game in ways that aren’t directly related to its creative features, such as its base building mechanisms. Take sponged, a user on Reddit.
Two photos posted recently on the site hint towards a parallel chronology in which NMS was published for far older devices including the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Dreamcast.
The two pictures are equally remarkable, as they capture the style of the games that would have been launched on both platforms back in the day.
One commenter suggested making the game resemble an old PC release, replete with massive cardboard box packing, and many others praised spongeldn for their efforts. Unfortunately, the Sega Dreamcast was discontinued so quickly.
Anyone here play No Man's Sky? pic.twitter.com/h1uOhePmBm
— The Phoenix Press (@ThePhoenixPress) January 29, 2023
Despite its forward-thinking features—including internet access at a period when wired connections at home were still rare—it failed to gain widespread popularity when it was first released in 1999. Something as big as No Man’s Sky would have been a good test for Sega’s final platform.
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Since the Nintendo Switch version of No Man’s Sky isn’t due out until 2022, the chaos of its initial release more than six years ago is quickly becoming a distant memory.
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I’ve got the Star Wars soundtrack playing while I mine and build a base. pic.twitter.com/sF1zFrRocx
— Young Hawk IA – Oakley 🏳️⚧️ (@DceckhartDaniel) January 28, 2023
Over the years, the fan base has grown into a loyal community thanks to Hello Games’ attentiveness to player input and the studio’s generous distribution of free downloadable content.
Playable platforms for No Man’s Sky include personal computers, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox One X/S.