Because of the release of No Man's Sky, I've been thinking a lot about space. And why not? Space games are awesome.
But space has predominantly been a frontier for PC gamers. A few games have crossed the divide: Rebel Galaxy comes to mind, and Everspace is coming out as a timed exclusive for Xbox One towards the end of the year last time I checked. But how much does the prospect of space really excite people?
It's a question I always asked with No Man's Sky. How much of the hype was borne from the procedurally generated universe? How much did the visuals play a factor?
And how much do people actually get excited by the prospect of exploring space?
Star Citizen obviously has a huge amount of appeal too. But that has a huge amount of nostalgia attached, with Chris Roberts, Wing Commander and Freelancer all playing a part. And it's not available to the of millions of players on consoles.
So I put it to you. How excited are you just for the prospect of exploring space? And what do you look for in these types of games? Is the exploration, trading and customisation the primary factors? Or is the combat, explosions, and epic battles the main calling card?