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Watch No Man's Sky wow Stephen Colbert

"And I thought Morgan Freeman was god!"

The Late Show host Stephen Colbert is no stranger to video games after having the likes of PewDiePie attend his show, an honour usually bestowed to movie stars and presidential candidates. This time the 51-year-old host gave the prestigious program's spotlight over to Hello Games, the 10-person Guildford-based studio making No Man's Sky.

Hello Games managing director Sean Murray took to the hot seat to demonstrate the ambitious procedurally-generated space adventure.

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Upon mentioning that the game would feature 18 quintillion planets Colbert asked, "Are you ever worried the game might get boring after visiting the first trillion planets?"

Murray explained that it's impossible for everyone to see them all. In fact, he noted that our own sun will wither and die before humanity discovers all the possible planet permutations in No Man's Sky

"We're constantly surprised," Murray said of No Man's Sky's virtual universe. "We will find creatures and things like that that we never knew existed, we'll find life in places where we didn't expect it."

"And I thought Morgan Freeman was god!" Colbert joked.

Colbert seemed genuinely intrigued by the ambitious sci-fi game - even before Murray named an ox-like creature the "Colbison" in his honour.

Unfortunately the developer still hasn't announced a release date for No Man's Sky, something Colbert found amusing. "The world is dying to know the release date," the host said. "I'm guessing it's fairly soon since you're on my show. Can you give us any idea of when that might be, or is it still a secret?"

"It's still a secret," Murray laughed.

During a six minutes developer walkthrough exploring the cosmos, Colbert audibly gasped "wow" on more than one occasion.

"Good luck," Colbert concluded. "I can't wait to actually play it."