The world is one vast, open playground. It is in real-life, and that fact only becomes more drastically true as we look at today's gaming culture. Constantly spoiled by these open spaces with developers constantly trying to build one larger than the last, it's time to look back at what makes these sandbox environments so gripping. And four of the leading development teams will be doing just that at PDXCON 2017 next month.
No Man's Sky is a difficult beast to tame. There's a love-hate situation surrounding a game that excited the masses when it was first revealed as a space exploration game that eventually didn't live up to the hype. With updates on the horizon, it's time to start chronicling the changes.
Elite Dangerous fans may still be riling at the thought of hackers ruining their search and pillage game, but Frontier Developments are still actively working on the title. In fact, they've just decided to quickly incorporate NASA's recent findings into their space simulator.
If you're at all interested in astronomy or theoretical physics and just happen to be playing EVE Online, your universe is about to get a lot bigger.
Ending where it began twelve months earlier, the standalone Elite Dangerous: Arena ceases to be sold.
As virtual reality grew, there were two spaceship brawlers vying for attention as the true VR experience of the genre. Oddly enough, however, the one which stuck was a third contender - EVE: Valkyrie - and it's getting its fourth major add-on next week.
With the unhealthy competition between Planet Coaster and Rollercoaster Tycoon World keeping all eyes on Frontier Games, they've likely levied that level of satisfaction to score the licence for a new game.
If you look at the Recently Update list for Steam, you'll see two space-based titles sitting right by each other. Dawn of Andromeda sits there for the Titan update while Starship Coproration rests above with the Military Update.
Matt Damon made a keen return to form in 2015 with the release of The Martian. With his face plastered on every billboard, bus stop and magazine cover for a little while, it was hard no to take him up on the offer of seeing him grow potatoes on the desolate red planet thanks to the nutrients of his own excrement. Take On Mars takes a similar stand.
If you're looking to cheat your way through the galaxies of Star Citizen; go ahead! Just expect a permanent ban from the game if you're caught. It's only fair.