The release date of space adventure game No Man’s Sky, considered one of the most anticipated games ever since it was announced three years ago, is creeping ever closer, and developer Hello Games has revealed that the special edition release of the game, branded the Explorer’s Edition, will include a beautiful cast metal replica of one of the game’s spaceships, worth $125.
On sale in partnership with iam8bit, the Explorer’s Edition is limited to 10,000 releases, priced $149.99, and includes:
- PC game code (via Steam or GOG)* – $60 value
- Hand-painted, Cast Metal Ship Replica (1:35 scale) w/ decals for customization – $125 value
- Hard-enamel Traveller Pin – $10 value
- Diorama Display Backdrop – $5 value
- Mystery Item (revealed @ launch) – $10 value
- A Rad Box – priceless!
Sean Murray, the producer of No Man’s Sky, recently revealed that the game almost didn’t happen. After trying, and failing, to get a publisher for Hello Games’ first project, Joe Danger, the team were spent. “We actually decided to quit,” Murray told Engadget.
Murray, plus fellow Hello Games team members Grant Duncan, Ryan Doyle and David Ream, decided to drown their sorrows following their reluctant exit from the world of games. Now fuelled by Dutch courage, the comrades found a new determination, deciding to stick with game development.
“We came up with this stupid idea,” Murray said. “I had a house, and so I sold my house to pay for the rest of development.”
“The way I looked at it was like, I had bought that house because I had worked at EA, so it was like blood money,” Murray added. “Like a blood diamond. You gotta sell that, that’s bad karma.”
The money from the house sale paid for the release of Joe Danger, followed by its subsequent sequel, which helped cement Hello Games’ position in the industry. Because of that inebriated, defiant bluster, Murray and co were able to develop their Elite-inspired epic, No Man’s Sky.
No Man’s Sky is set for release on PC and PlayStation 4 on 21st June.