I know the game is not really multiplayer so I mean "meet" as in standing on the same point/Planet/System, even though there is no interaction involved. I thought the odds of this happening were really thin (from several interviews with the developer) but as it happens the other day I arrived at the same Planet/System my girlfriend discovered the day before. We made no effort for this to happen:
So, is this just a really odd phenomenon or the probabilities are not as thin as they made us believe in the first place?
Edit: So I'll add more data for clarification…
- We are effectively on the same planet, we just didn't log in simultaneously because we only have one gaming PC that we share. And I read this so I know we are not gonna be able to see/interact with each other and people seem to have no more interest in the "meeting each other" thing.
- We obviously knew each other beforehand and played about 1 or 2hs each every day since launch, with no effort or hope to meet each other.
- There are about 400,000 NMS PC players, according to steamspy.
- There are about 100 billion planets per galaxy, and we all start in the same one (out of ~18 quintillion planets total).
I can't figure the math but it seems like a really odd occurrence to even be mitigated by the Birthday Paradox.
Edit 2: So, to be even more clear, this is not a duplicate of "Is No Man's Sky actually multiplayer?". I've read that one very carefully and I understand that you can't see/interact with other players in it's current state. It's just the shared "Discoveries" feature that makes it "multiplayer".
I'm asking a different thing: the actual odds of running into the same Planet that another person is right now (again, even though you can only tell by the name/location), because every time Sean Murray got interviewed he stated that those odds are really, really low, close to none. Yet, I'm in the same planet as my girlfriend after only a couple hours of gameplay. So, my question being, which one is it? what are the real probabilities of this happening?