Produced as the result of a partnership between Hello Games and iam8bit and priced at $150, the bundle comes with a PC code for No Man's Sky, a metal hand-painted version of one of the ships (in 1:35 scale) with display base and background display, customisable decals, a travellers log and pin, an exclusive "Space Pen", and a "rad" box.
Plagued by setbacks and production delays, the story of the Explorer's Edition could be analogous to No Man's Sky's story. Released on the 9th of August 2016 to an almost unbelievable level of hype, No Man's Sky received flak from fans and critics alike as the game failed to live up to many's expectations. The outrage began quickly. The previous assertions that players would feel other players presence in their world, was proven false on the very first day. Statements about the universe's size and the variety of planets were also found to be lacking by many parts of the player base. Criticism was leveled at Hello Games for creating an atmosphere of almost unattainable hype, to the point where a complaint was raised to the British Advertising Standards Authority, and death threats were sent to the developers. Eventually, the hype died down, PC sales of the game stagnated, and Hello Games quietly released updates to try and fix some of No Man's Sky's biggest faults.
Quick TakeAs someone who became something of an outsider on this issue, not having played the game at all, the quality of this collectors edition impresses me. But despite the quality, you can't help but feel that iam8bit missed their window slightly with this massively delayed release. Perhaps their aim was to avoid some of the ire that No Man's Sky attracted on launch.
Have you gone back to No Man's Sky? Did you stay away from the game during the launch period, and are wondering what all the fuss was about? Did you receive your long-awaited Explorer's Edition in the post? We'd love to hear from you. Drop us a comment down below.