But this sounds like a bit of a grind to me; it appeals to the completionist in me, but I think this isn't quite enough to draw millions of people to the game
Yeah, it might be a total flop. But I think there will be at leapt a few people who really enjoy it. Its one of the first games to have the planet sized planets and galaxy sized galaxy, I just hope its good enough for other game companies to try something similar.
The main reason people think no mans sky won't be that great is lack of content. Imagine if a large studio tried something similar using the same technology. Procedural generation along with their manpower could make each planet appear truly unique. Of course there would be repetitions and similarities between some things but with enough manpower it would be statistically unlikely for the repetitions to occur for any one person.
Even if it is a total and complete flop it will certainly maintain a cult following for years to come, that I can almost guarantee.
Well, I think lack of manpower can be replaced by a good algorithm in this specific case. Which is one reason why I'm rather optimistic about this game.
So, to agree with you, I think there's no way it's going to be universally hated. Which sounds like a weird selling point, but in today's market... Haha.
In the first video where they introduced everything, as he was talking about 'reaching the center' he was intentionally vague to not spoil the surprise, but at the same time he certainly alluded to the idea that there was a 'big surprise' that would spur further interest.
I personally came away from it thinking that there would be motivation to continue playing, but then again that might be a ruse.
I really hope this is the case. Anyhow, I'll definitely be playing!