It’s no secret by now that No Man’s Sky has been leaked ahead of its launch this coming Tuesday, with some people having even already beaten the game. Not only that, but some people have even managed to get their hands on the game through various methods (shops breaking release sell dates for one).
While we already posted a story on when Sony is sending out review copies/codes to games media, I’m here right now to clarify when readers can expect our No Man’s Sky review to hit the site.
In a statement sent by Sony, they have confirmed that a pre-release patch will be rolled out on Monday, August 8, and that the saved progress of those who managed to obtain — and play — No Man’s Sky early will NOT carry over to the final game. Included below is an excerpt from the statement sent by Sony.
Hello Games has a tremendous vision for No Man’s Sky.
Sony Interactive Entertainment understands that some users may have obtained early copies of the game and the only reason we have not sent out review copies yet is due to a significant pre-release patch currently scheduled for Monday, August 8. No Man’s Sky is an ambitious game and the patch is a culmination of the studio’s day-1 aspirations.
Sending out early copies of the game prior to the patch would not be a fair depiction of the game as it’s intended for consumers. For those users who have obtained early copies of No Man’s Sky, their save progress will not carry over to the final game after the universe has been regenerated for launch.
The official review global embargo will lift on Monday, August 8 at 9:00 p.m. PT/12:00 a.m. ET (August 9). PlayStation LifeStyle is adhering to the embargo placed by Sony and will only publish a review which we’re comfortable with. I’m also confirming that we will review the game based on the pre-release patch, which is the experience gamers themselves will experience once No Man’s Sky is officially released.
I hope this clears up any confusion as to when readers can expect our review to hit the site. Us reviewing Man’s Sky based on a leaked copy would be doing a disservice to you, our readers, since we’re essentially reviewing a different game than what you’ll be playing come launch.
In the meantime, while you’re waiting for the review, be sure to check out our No Man’s Sky content where we list down why we’re excited for it, and even take a look at its storied development history.