Is there a way to start over?

No spoilers here, but after a certain point in the game I wish I had done something different, so I'd like to perhaps start over and make some different decisions based on my current game play experience.


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The only way I know of to start over is to delete your save file. That will reset the game. You could probably back up the save onto a USB storage device first, if you wanted, because there's no visible way to "switch" between saves.

On the PS4, go into your settings, then go to the menu item labeled "Application Saved Data Management", and then delete the data for No Man's Sky to reset.

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    Okay thanks. Also, good tip for backup first. This tells me that if I were to lose my hard drive, I'd have to start all over anyway. Aug 10, 2016 at 15:58
  • Wait, aren't there cloud saves on ps4? Aug 10, 2016 at 22:36
  • @user1306322 Yes, but unless you have auto-upload enabled, you have to upload them manually. Aug 11, 2016 at 16:08
  • Yeah I tried that and it just loaded me in a broken space station, I was literally driving around in the space station lol. My save was still there maybe I did it wrong?
    – user162431
    Aug 11, 2016 at 17:53
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    You also need to have an active PS Plus subscription for the cloud storage.
    – Kodama
    Aug 11, 2016 at 18:10

I found this: https://www.reddit.com/r/NoMansSkyTheGame/comments/4x5fjt/how_do_you_restart_the_game/

explode13 mentioned removing the following folder: NMS(or the one inside actually) under the path: %APPDATA%\HelloGames\NMS . If you cannot find folder AppData, just type it in the bar and the continuation will apear. This worked for me and I got to the tutorial from the beginning of the game.

Hope this helps.

  • Note: the OP is asking about the PS4 version, but this could be useful for PC players.
    – Nzall
    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:27

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