Hello Games on No Man’s Sky for Switch, been in the works for two years
Posted on February 10, 2022 by Brian(@NE_Brian) in News, Switch eShop
A number of new games were announced for Switch during yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, including No Man’s Sky. What you might be surprised to hear is that it’s been a big passion project for developer Hello Games.
In a blog post, Hello Games managing director Sean Murray mentioned that the studio has been tinkering away on the Switch port for a “couple of years”. There were points when the team wasn’t sure if it would be possible, “only to have someone stride in the next day with a unique technical solution.” Hello Games is also “taking the time to make this feel completely at home on the device, both on the big screen, but importantly as a portable version of No Man’s Sky.”
The relevant excerpts from the blog are below:
I can’t tell you how incredible it feels to play No Man’s Sky on this tiny portable device. It feels both completely natural and also totally improbable at the same time.
For the last couple of years, a couple of members of our small team have been secretly working on the Nintendo Switch version of No Man’s Sky. It has been a real moonshot. No Man’s Sky is built around procedural generation, which means the console generates everything you see. This makes it so much harder to bring our game to something like the Switch. There have been so many times where we’ve gone home one day convinced it was impossible, only to have someone stride in the next day with a unique technical solution. Honestly I think this team never seems happier than when they are trying to do near-impossible things.
From UI to controllers to gameplay, we’re taking the time to make this feel completely at home on the device, both on the big screen, but importantly as a portable version of No Man’s Sky. Every time I pick the Switch up and seamlessly jump from planet to planet, from star system to star system, I have to pinch myself that I am playing on the Nintendo Switch, and that I can take it with me wherever I go. There’s so much more we have yet to reveal about the Switch version, and there’ll be more announcements to come as we get closer to release.
The blog post also mentions that the Switch version “is just one of many exciting developments we have in store for the community in 2022 and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on in the VERY near future.”
No Man’s Sky will see release on Switch this summer.