Hello Games has confirmed, through the PlayStation Blog, that No Man’s Sky is delayed to August 9 from it’s original June release date. Though you may feel like the game has been delayed several times, initially being promoted at E3 2014, this is actually the first official delay.
Sean Murray penned the blog post announcing the new date, reasoning “we realized that some key moments needed extra polish to bring them up to our standards. I have had to make the tough choice to delay the game for a few weeks to allow us to deliver something special.”
No Man’s Sky is a massive technical undertaking, using procedural generation to create an entire virtual universe. Players are free to explore as they wish, naming their discoveries of new planets, plant life, and alien species. The game uses the same math to create the world on the fly, so other players will find your discoveries in exactly the same spot you did, and they’ll see what you named them. Not too much is known about the gameplay aside from exploration, aside from a goal of reaching the center of the universe.
Presumably we will see more of No Man’s Sky at E3 2016, in just a few short weeks.