The release date is set for June 2016. Check out this latest trailer:
A rich and diverse universe to exploreAnd I'm not just talking the look of it--the developers are reviving procedural-based world building, but on a scale and breadth never-before attempted.The game has been in development for years (first posted about it here) while they've worked on the algorithm that creates each star system and planet. Approximately 10% of the planets will have life (which might seem low, but remember there's still plenty of worlds inhabited and being fought over by sentients!).
And there's a method to the program's genesis. Here's one of the developers giving a tour of how the NMS universe works:
And another quick behind-the-scenes overview:
More visuals to whet your appetite!
Here's some incredible stills from actual game play (right click to enlarge):
I'm really digging the sleek and vaguely Z-95 look of the spaceships. Finally, here's a supercut of some previous trailers. Enjoy!