The person who paid more than $1,300 to get a copy of No Man's Sky 10 days before its launch date claims to have already "beaten" the game by reaching the center of its galaxy. He says it took around 30 hours.
If true, this could diminish gamer expectations set by the highly anticipated game's large-scale environment — quintillions of unique worlds and, in this interview with GameSpot, a journey of "hundreds of hours" to get to the center of the galactic map.
Daymeeuhn, the Redditor who bought the game, said his 30-hour playthrough was not simply an attempt to reach the galaxy center as fast as he could, either. (There are spoilers for No Man's Sky throughout the thread he has posted.)
"Contrary to what a lot of people think, I have done A LOT of what the game has to offer," he wrote. "I actually intentionally took time out of my warp jumping over the course of going to the middle to explore planets to break up the monotony of it. This does not mean I have done all of the major events, however."
Importantly, Daymeeuhn reached the center of the galaxy with some help. He found an in-game item that commands a steep price in the galactic market. After selling it, he put the money toward upgrades that significantly sped up his means of travel and exploration.
Daymeeuhn detailed how he was able to acquire the item repeatedly and what to buy, meaning this is not an exploit but it still is a very deliberate means of cutting down the time it takes to get to the center of the galaxy.
"PRAY for a Day 1 patch, not only to nerf the sale cost" of the item, "but also to address some of this shit [meaning bugs] too," he wrote.
On Friday, Daymeeuhn revealed that he'd acquired the game and posted several videos of it to DailyMotion, which he later took down in regret. (No Man's Sky fans still took the videos and mirrored them to other video services, including PornHub, of course.)
No Man's Sky's creator and chief developer Sean Murray took to Twitter to ask fans to stay away from whatever Daymeeuhn was posting. Many haven't listened, and Daymeeuhn's thread on Reddit is filled with gamers trying to square their expectations of the vast experience they were promised with what he is reporting.
"I'm not 'cancelling my pre-order' but a lot of what you've said has dramatically decreased my hype (which is actually great by the way, thank you)," wrote one. "Still going to buy, but I really, really, really hope they fix these problems. Almost everything you listed as a negative is one of the things about the game I was greatly looking forward to."
However, other No Man's Sky fans have been unable to handle their disappointment with a proportionate reaction. In late May, news that the PlayStation 4 and Windows PC game was delayed from its original June launch date to Aug. 9 (Aug. 12 for PC) resulted in death threats against Murray.