Once upon a time, No Man’s Sky’s website made it seem like death would be permanent. Hello Games realised that permadeath may not be the fitting end to a mammoth journey and relaxed how it treats death, but not by much.
No Man’s Sky website once said, "One mistake could see you lose everything. In No Man’s Sky, every victory and every defeat is permanent." This led some players to believe that the game would feature permanent death.
It now treats death as the Souls franchise does. The website reads, “And one mistake could see you lose everything. In No Man’s Sky, every victory and every defeat has lasting consequences,” which is a subtle difference, but changes the implication.
Meanwhile, a photo posted by GamesRadar outlines that when you die, you’ll respawn at a save point and if you can revisit the place where you died, you can collect the resources you’ve lost. It warns that if you “succumb to death once more, they are gone forever.”
You still need to be careful when exploring No Man’s Sky’s world and big open space, but at least you won’t suffer a crippling blow with your first death.