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Learn how No Man's Sky works in this 15-minute gameplay video

"This is, by the way, a Sea Anthony"

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

No Man's Sky creator Sean Murray will tell you that it's a difficult game to demo, and after we played it ourselves a few weeks ago, we found that it's hard to explain how it all works. The best way to understand what's going on in No Man's Sky — outside of playing it yourself, which you won't be able to do for another nine weeks — is to see a gameplay video with some commentary.

Sony released such a video today, showing off the same 15-minute demo that Murray gave us. Here, Murray provides commentary while he and Anthony Carboni, who has hosted Sony events from E3, take turns playing the game. Next time, Murray might want to keep Carboni away from the animals.

Murray explains No Man's Sky elements such as the suit, weapon and ship inventory tabs; the effects of external temperature; alien races and their languages; scanning the environment; animal life; harvesting resources; and space travel. For more details on No Man's Sky, which launches June 21 on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC, read our hands-on preview.

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