When people talk about No Man's Sky, the upcoming space-exploration game from Hello Games, they tend to focus on the sheer scale. This is a game with 18 quintillion planets to explore, after all. But much of its appeal also lies in the vibe created from the sound and visuals; it looks like a playable sci-fi book cover, and thanks to English electro-rockers 65daysofstatic, it somehow sounds like one, too. You can get a taste for that sound with the new song "Supermoon," which the band just released as the first track from the soundtrack.
Called No Man's Sky: Music for an Infinite Universe, the soundtrack itself will be launching on June 17th, a few days before the game hits both the PC and PS4 on the 21st (it'll also be available as a slick vinyl release from iam8bit). It'll be split into two albums — one featuring 10 original tracks, the other with six new "soundscapes" — with just under two hours worth of music, according to the band. The songs from the soundtrack won't be exactly the way you'll hear them in the game, however. Just like the rest of No Man's Sky, the use of music will be procedurally generated, so what you hear and when will depend entirely on how you play the game.
"65daysofstatic are working really hard with Hello Games' best scientists and magicians to finish feeding enough raw music into the gaping mouth of the insane A.I. composer-in-the-machine to satisfy the tabula rasa that will conduct this vast symphony of noise, in time for the game's release in June of this year," the band says.