A recent report from Reddit user Daymeehun, who bought a leaked copy of Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky from Ebay, claims that after discovering and exploiting a game-breaking bug within the game’s ‘Warping’ mechanic; that the centre of No Man’s Sky’s nearly infinitely-sized universe can be reached in just a maximum of 30 hours.
On Sunday 31 July Daymeehun posted about a ‘game-breaking bug’ which allowed him to progress toward the centre of the universe far quicker than expected. While avoiding as many spoilers as possible, the bug is due to an item which can be found and sold at the galactic market for a large amount of in-game “units”, the game’s economic currency.
A comment directly from the Reddit user himself stated that: “I’m about halfway there. 30% of the 100% distance has been achieved just from the last few hours alone, With a YouTube video explaining how to do this I think someone could reach the centre in no time, 20-30 hours easy.”
Although some may say that if this exploit/bug is heavily utilized by the community, the game itself would be fundamentally broken; let’s remember that getting to the centre of the universe doesn’t represent a player “finishing” the game, as stated by Lead Developer Sean Murray: “There are 18 Quintilian planets to explore and discover”, definitely meaning there is a lot more to do for the player if they do get to the centre in such a rapid time.
Despite this, Daymeehun’s impressions of the game seem to be overall quite positive. “The terrain and overall vibe of the planets has been surprisingly refreshing. I never really have moments where I land on a planet and say, ‘Oh no, not this one again’. Everything is very smooth. I really enjoy the space flight, it’s quick enough that I don’t sit around twiddling my thumbs but it’s long enough at times where I legit feel like I’m traversing a realistic space-distance.”
No Man’s Sky is set to release on August 9 in the US, and August 10 elsewhere for PS4, and August 12 for PC systems.