No Man's Sky
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PS4 owners won't need a PS Plus subscription to play No Man's Sky, Sony has confirmed. Speaking to Game Informer, a representative explained that while players will need an internet connection to explore Hello Games' endless universe, the experience won't be limited to those who shell out £39.99 a year for Sony's premium service.

"PS Plus won't be a requirement to play online," the company told Game Informer Australia editor David Milner. "However, you will need to be connected to the internet for your discoveries to register with the universal atlas".

While No Man's Sky is technically a multiplayer game, the vastness of its procedurally-generated galaxy means running into fellow players will be a rarity. In fact, so slim are your chances of running into a fellow spacefarer that Hello Games labels the game a single-player experience.

It's little wonder then why Sony deems it unnecessary to restrict the game to PS Plus, which is traditionally the only way you can access the multiplayer elements of PS4 games.

No Man's Sky will be released on 10 August in the UK and the rest of Europe, and 9 August in North America for PS4 and PC.