One of the most suitable titles to play to prepare for Starfield’s arrival on the market is certainly No Man’s Sky: Hello Games’ work puts the possibility of freely exploring all the planets present at the center of the experience within the fictional universe of the game.
While the planetary exploration phase of the two products could present some similarities, there is instead an enormous difference in scale between the universe of Starfield and that of No Man’s Sky. Indeed, in the latter, thanks to the use of a procedural generation algorithm that permeates and constitutes the structure of the entire game experience, there are 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 (or 18 million billion) different planetswhile in Starfield there are “only” more than a thousand.
So how much time would it take for the game community to explore all the planets of No Man’s Sky? Assuming that each player spends only one second on each face-up planet, however, it would take about five billion years to complete the exploration of the universe of the title. An incredibly long amount of time, which makes the game essentially infinite and impossible to complete 100% in this sense.
Speaking of the Hello Games title, if you haven’t already done so, we invite you to take a look at the new Echoes expansion from No Man’s Sky.