Sean Murray is a divisive figure. You either love him or hate him. This particular No Man’s Sky fan sways towards the former and to showcase his admiration has constructed a massive in-game effigy of Hello Games’ bearded head honcho.
Most fans would settle for words of praise and a careful framed screenshot to honor the game, however Roland Oberheim has taken a rather unorthodox approach of recreating a 37×50 square portrait on the surface of a planet. To boot, the monument can be spotted from space.
Arranged using the classic mosaic technique and the brand new panel building asset introduced in NEXT, each square is meticulously placed to capture the detail of Murray’s face and we’ve got to say the likeness is striking to say the least. The detail suggests Oberheim spent a considerable amount of time fine tuning his work, which must have required multiple launches into space to ensure the face was taking shape correctly.
Rather poetically, the effigy isn’t confined to the annals of Twitter lost among the expansive universe of the game. Players can travel to visit the monument as you would the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal thanks to No Man’s Sky portal travel system. Oberheim has provided the exact glyph address, though he notes Murray’ face is located 11 hours away on foot from the portal, or 3 hours if using the in-game exocraft vehicles. No worse than traveling to see a countries cultural gems. Who thought actual in-game tourism could be a thing?
As a reward for his travails, Oberheim’s monument was spotted by the subject matter himself, Sean Murray, who aptly tweeted his appreciation by saying ‘The only way this could have been better is if I had come across it by accident whilst playing the game’.
In comparison to the launch day verdict, the release of No Man’s Sky NEXT has been overwhelmingly positive to the point the game remains near the top of the best seller list on Steam. The numbers don’t lie. Player numbers have skyrocketed to the tens of thousands at any given time rivalling stalwarts in the ilk of Rainbow Six Siege and Warframe. Before the update, the space sim was lucky to draw in a few thousand concurrent players.