The Breathtaking Art of No Man's Sky

A closer look at the gorgeous art aesthetic found across the ever-changing galaxy in No Man's Sky. 
August 8, 2016 2:49 PM by Morgan Shaver

No Man’s Sky officially releases tomorrow, and there are undoubtedly thousands of gamers waiting impatiently to load up the game and start exploring. Whether you’re playing to master the galaxy, find as many unique creatures as possible, or simply to name planets after every possible oddball title, No Man’s Sky has a lot to offer.

What makes the game even more impressive is its colorful art aesthetic, with bright pastel scenery that constantly changes due to the game’s use of procedurally generated content. Your journey in No Man’s Sky is unique to you, as no two players will play the game exactly alike. There are over 18 quintillion planets in No Man's Sky, all randomly generated, all different. These planets wouldn't feel as captivating if they appeared similar, bland, drab, or ordinary.

The art direction for No Man's Sky takes the game to entirely different universe (pun intended), and really lends to set it apart from other exploration games. To put it simply, No Man's Sky is a game you actually want to invest hours into, as everything you see and interact with feels vibrant, beautiful, and alive. You can get lost in the sheer number of things to look at, and may even find yourself staying up much later than you had originally intended.

This is because it pulls you in, immerses you within new realms and enables you to construct your very own imaginative universe. When looking at screenshots from No Man’s Sky, it’s easy to see how this concept molds and shapes itself into a reality. Art is a magical thing, a creative expression that can be interpreted in millions of different ways.

For example, the game’s impressive watercolor art reminds us of some of our favorite Studio Ghibli films in a way. We're not sure why, as the sci-fi realms in No Man's Sky are lightyears away from the art found in films like Spirited Away (which would be a good name for a ship). Yet we’re willing to bet when you look at the varying terrain in No Man’s Sky, different things pop up in the forefront of your mind. 

Video games are more than their gameplay, options, and objective challenges. Games like No Man’s Sky help remind players that videogames are art forms all their own. Art inspires other art, and the art directors of No Man’s Sky aren’t shy about sharing their inspirations in the video below.

Several gamers have already expressed a desire to purchase an art book for No Man’s Sky, and we’re right on board with that suggestion! We think the blending of randomly generated worlds with unique art and environments is brilliant, and is something to be admired whether you end up loving the game or not.

In conclusion, we see a bright future for the team at Hello Games, and cannot wait to dive in and start exploring once the game releases tomorrow. Don’t be surprised if you stumble across a planet named Indie Obscura with creatures named after Studio Ghibli characters.

No Man's Sky releases tomorrow on PS4, if you're looking to play the game on PC be sure to read up on whether or not your PC has what it takes to run No Man's Sky. Can't wait to explore the vast universe of No Man's Sky? Take a closer look at how you can do this in the No Man's Sky exploration trailer, featuring even more of its beautiful art in action! Finally, once you boot up the game you'll certainly be delighted to hear that several bugs were fixed in the brand new No Man's Sky 1.03 update, alongside quite a few major additions for good measure.