Open world video games have been around for decades, but now they are becoming more popular than ever. Gaming consoles that can connect to the internet cost less than 200 US dollars, and home PCs are more powerful than ever, meaning players can enjoy more and more immersive experiences - from driving around the streets of Los Santos in Grand Theft Auto to exploring millions of unique planets in No Man’s Sky. See what the gaming industry has to offer when it comes to virtual worlds and learn about upcoming game releases. Listen to our special series “Open World Computer Games: From “Sandboxes” To Endless Galaxies”.
Chased by heavily armed soldiers, John Marston wants to protect his family and is eventually killed in a stand-off against a firing squad. But the death of the protagonist in the video game Red Dead Redemption did not stop the developers from continuing to work on this spectacular Western series.
It’s hard to imagine how long it might take to create a universe. But when it comes to virtual galaxies in computer games, you may actually get a straight answer. It took US indie developer Hello Games a little over 3 years to make an imaginary galaxy with 18 quintillion unique planets in “No Man’s Sky."
If you look at the world map, you will never find Liberty City, San Andreas, Los Santos or Vice City. But for millions of gamers worldwide who love the Grand Theft Auto series, each of these locales is more than a name – it’s a separate open world “sandbox” full of fun and adventure.
Have you ever wondered how life in the universe could look like in the year 3000? Elemental Games – a group of software developers from Vladivostok - tried to answer that question almost a thousand years in advance by releasing “Space Rangers” – a game that gained a mass following in Russia and abroad.