No Man’s Sky is due to hit PS4 on August 9 in the US and August 10 for UK and Europe, and releasing worldwide for PCs on August 12. However one member of the No Man’s Sky fan club decided this was too long of a wait and has reported to have paid $1,300 for a leaked copy of the game from ebay.
Reddit user “daymeeuhn” wrote, explaining the reasoning behind the purchase:
“I’m a lucky guy. I’ve done well for myself. I have disposable income and I’m happy in life. I’m in a state of being where I don’t look at a purchase and determine the overall value by the price tag, but rather by how much happiness it will bring myself or the people I care about. I’m also very much in a weird state of mind half the time in that I’ve seen some shit, and I’ve dealt with loss, and I know all too well that too many of us take life for granted. I could die in a car accident tomorrow – who knows? If I did, all that money I had saved up didn’t do me a whole lot of good, did it? That’s not to say that I’m YOLO spending every cent every day, because I’m not – contrary to what you might believe looking at a purchase like this that some would label with the ‘completely insane’ tag, I’m actually pretty good with money. Most of the time. But that buys me the opportunity to live on the edge a bit with more reckless and crazy purchases when the time comes.”
“Some people buy really expensive items for their hobbies or collections. Some people spend ridiculous amounts of money on liquor or food. For me, this experience is what I spend my money on. I’ll always remember this, I’ll always have that moment in time when I was able to step foot in the world of NMS ‘early’ and experience it without any temptations of spoilers. While plenty enjoy spoilers and while I even check them myself when they’re there, knowing they don’t exist and that I’m ahead of them is the best feeling for me in gaming.”
The copy was shown to be unboxed from its FedEx packaging and installed on the PS4 by the Reddit user who expresses his excitement by opening, what looks like, a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
Before watching the unboxing, or any gameplay videos that might be uploaded in the coming days, here is a message from No Man’s Sky lead developer, Sean Murray, through Twitter:
We’ve spent years filling No Man’s Sky with surprises. You’ve spent years waiting. Please don’t spoil it for yourself 🙁
— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) July 29, 2016