Use This Hidden Method to Start Over in No Man’s Sky

Ben Stegner 01-09-2016

No Man’s Sky, the procedurally-generated No Man's Sky and the Future of Procedural Games If you haven't heard of No Man's Sky yet, you're missing out. This open-world adventure game is set to pioneer a new standard in procedural generation, a topic that's deeply interesting even if you don't... Read More space exploration title that’s one of the most anticipated games of the year, has finally arrived. While it brought with it plenty of mixed reviews and disappointment from a lot of players, most agree that it’s a neat game with a lot to offer.


While the game is seemingly endless, one thing that it doesn’t allow you to do is start over from the beginning. While you can’t really “mess up” in No Man’s Sky, maybe you missed essential beginner tips What is No Man’s Sky? Tips for New Galactic Explorers So No Man's Sky is here and you finally want to play it? Don't go in unprepared! Here's what's in store, as well as a few tips for starting out! Read More before starting the first time and want to start fresh with new knowledge. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to delete your progress and start again.

If you’re on PS4, head to the main system menu and choose Settings. From here, drill down to Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data in System Storage > Delete and delete the save. Restart the game, and you’ll be starting from the beginning again.

On PC, you have a bit more control over your saved data files. With the game closed, browse to Steam and and right-click on the entry for No Man’s Sky, followed by Properties. Choose the Updates tab and uncheck Enable Steam Cloud synchronization to stop the game from trying to restore your save.

Next, press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialogue and type %appdata%. In this folder, browse to HelloGames followed by NMS. You should see a single folder titled st_ followed by a bunch of numbers. Delete this folder to remove your save, or cut and paste it elsewhere to back it up in case you want to restore it later.

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  1. Sam King
    September 8, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Oh look, an article about Shoot Rocks: The Game. Here's a good way to 'reset everything' with No Man's Sky, in fact, this is the best way, and you should try this way first every time.

    Ask Steam for a refund.

    'Mixed' reviews? Try Mostly Negative. Sean Murray knew what he was doing and thankfully this will never happen again, provided humans still have the ability to learn.