I’m getting kind of bored with writing the same opening paragraph about the failures and shortcomings of No Man’s Sky because it has been such a high profile example of a game just tanking to the ground. Yet, it still makes me sad. No Man’s Sky captured my imagination when it was first announced, but through all of the drama, it was tainted beyond saving. I still haven’t played the game, even if it was one of my most anticipated titles this year. I just wish it reached that magical potential that it promised.
Sony Interactive Entertainment worldwide studios chairman Shawn Layden told PCGamer during a livestream that he still believes that No Man’s Sky can be something special. Here’s what he had to say:
[quote]Hello Games, Sean Murray and his team, had an incredible vision of what they were going to create. It was something that had never been done before. A very small team had a very huge ambition. They’re still working on it. They’re still updating it. They’re working on getting it closer to what their vision was. And perhaps over time, it’ll reveal itself to be all that it can be.[/quote]
So he remains hopeful, yet consumer confidence is at an all-time low now. Hello Games and Sean Murray have disappeared entirely since the game’s release with a brief resurrection happening when the official Hello Games Twitter account tweeted “No Man’s Sky was a mistake” and then they came out and said they were “hacked”.
Who knows what they were up to in these last few months since the game’s release. The only updates we’ve had were basic bug fixes and stability updates and nothing substantial. It almost makes me feel that Hello Games will suddenly burst out of the woodwork and release a giant update with all of the promised features one day. That’s a bit too much on the hopeful side, though. We’ve been burned before.