Joe Danger, No Man's Sky dev's office "totally flooded" after recent storm [UPDATE]

Hello Games says "biblical amount" of water from recent storm results in loss of PCs, monitors, and furniture.

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[UPDATE] This morning, Hello Games provided more details about its Christmas Eve office flooding on Twitter, but it remains unclear if any projects are going to be materially affected by the damage.

"Ok so this is a weird Xmas day. Thank you to *everyone* for being lovely and thoughtful in this crappy time - now go enjoy your Christmas. A river broke its bank nearby yesterday, and A LOT of water flooded in really quickly. A biblical amount. It was coming in the windows!

We've lost most things - PCs, monitors, furniture, a door, a wall. You'd think the massive water cooled mega PC would be ok? It was not :( Lots of personal stuff lost (my console collection! my super rare neo geo pocket!) - that line between home and office is a little blurry.

We're taking stock today, but already I know we'll come back stronger :) - all we'll need is a place to work and a machine to work on :)"

The original story is below.

Joe Danger and No Man's Sky developer Hello Games is not having a happy holiday. As a result of the storm that moved through the United Kingdom today, the company's office in Guildford was completely flooded, the developer said on Twitter today.

"Oh god. Water moves really quick. Hello Games has been totally flooded," the studio wrote. "Everything in the office has pretty much been lost :("

"A lifesize cardboard cut out of Joe Danger went floating past face down. Poor Joe. He's taking this the worst," Hello Games added. "Massive thanks to everyone who tried to help here today. We have learned that laptops float sometimes."

"Leaving now and letting firemen to help real people (all the houses around us with kids and xmas) - rather than us drowning to save a hdd :)"

Hello Games, which has fewer than 10 employees, is currently working on the ambitious, procedurally generated game No Man's Sky and Joe Danger Infinity. It is not clear how the office's flooding will affect development on those titles.

We will continue to monitor the story as it develops.

Discussion

138 comments
Kinren1
Kinren1

Procedural Generated water my ass!

ultimate-k
ultimate-k

Dam lizard people and their weather weapons stop making life shit and kill yourselfs!

monstachruck
monstachruck

Hope these guys can recover.  Really excited about this title!

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Could do without the asinine make the pledge commercial but cool.

Dexyu
Dexyu

The SSd and Hdd should be fine

futureops
futureops

EA did this,somebody hit that dam with some kind of launcher or tank in the floodzone area of Buggyfield 4.EA are after EVERYONE's MONEY.

ThePixelOmen
ThePixelOmen

It's all a cover up! Everybody knows No Man's Sky was too good to be true.

ShadowOfKratos
ShadowOfKratos

Here's hoping they can recover and had some back-ups of all the digital material somewhere else...

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

That's awful, but it becomes funny when you think that in the mids of all that chaos the dudes took their time to write updates on twitter. This is very much similar to that sketch from Family Guy with the drowning kids on the sinking bus. From @Jenny94, "Water seriously cold, yo." Here's @theted69, "I'm gonna survive this, lol jk." Jk indeed.

curiousarman
curiousarman

everybody is talking about back up and stuff


so


ummm... why didn't they back up all the furniture?

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

hello game should consider Cloud Saving

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

"A lifesize cardboard cut out of Joe Danger went floating past face down. Poor Joe. He's taking this the worst," Hello Games added. "Massive thanks to everyone who tried to help here today. We have learned that laptops float sometimes."


I mean, you know if someone can say that their holiday aint THAT badly ruined.  Sure it sucks but that comment made my night.

sirslimyscott
sirslimyscott

Such  a damn shame, and the guy that was showing the game off at the VGX seemed like a really nice dude with passion for what he was doing. 

freeformrulz
freeformrulz

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

mike4487
mike4487

This is sad but I hope they'd have some offsite backups (like cloud or something).


Overall this game looks interesting and has great promise.


Merry Christmas!

RetroSEAL
RetroSEAL

I feel for them. Not in such a significant way, but I lost three years of artwork tonight. Just poof. Gone from me. It hurts in a way, but I feel a fresher start coming; able to give up the past easier. Kudos to these guys for seeing the brighter side and remaining calm. I'll back em up. No Man's Sky is my kind of game to invest into.

ranma1_2
ranma1_2

Tha is what happens when you dont believe in jesus.

enoughofthis
enoughofthis

this game looks horrid i don't understand the hype..

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

MOTHER NATUUUURRRREEEE!!!!

Given the tone of their Tweets, they seem to be taking things quite well. Figures this would happen to the most ambitious, intriguing game out there. (Maybe it was all a lie. :-L)

KBABZ
KBABZ

Ouch, his ENTIRE game collection? That's heart-breaking to me.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Thats a shame these guys are working so hard on this fantastic game I hope they will be able to pull through.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

Very tough especially when their core group is basically 4 people (according to the VGX segment). 

flameon12346
flameon12346

Now this guy really need some help. He lost many things. Can't wait till this disaster is over.

MafiaInGrid
MafiaInGrid

As a fellow Guildfordian, I can confirm that the River Wey is a bitch and floods out many businesses/homes.

Guildford is a lovely town, but it definitely is prone to flooding.

pyro1245
pyro1245

Talk about a bummer! Sorry guys; hope you had some backups in the cloud!

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

Damn it. Where is that cloud when you need it?

FF_XPert
FF_XPert

I hope they copy backups of their hard work to the cloud...

Fabian85
Fabian85

Poor them hope harddrives can be saved so prior work is not in vain.

Prinze
Prinze

Ouch, not the best Holiday event to happen. At least nobody was injured, and equipment/furniture can be replaced.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

 LEFT FOR DEAD 2 100% FREE ON STEAM, GRAB IT QUICK

Poodger
Poodger

@ThePixelOmenThe game did look WAY ahead of its time. It is a hefty promise to deliver on.

ShadowOfKratos
ShadowOfKratos

@hippiesanta 

Are you kidding? Clouds have water too, so much infact that it leaks tons when it does...  :P

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

@xeoneex66A lot of people handle stress with comedy -- levity is a great way to just "let it all go."  Bravo to them for staying witty about it, and recognizing that their situation is far from the worst of it.


If I had a spare office nearby for them to work out of, I'd certainly let them use it.  Promising stuff coming from these guys...

whatsazerg
whatsazerg

@ranma1_2 Most everyone believes in Jesus... it's just that sane / logical people don't think he was a hippie space carpenter, who happened to be his own father.   We leave that crazy, ridiculous sh*t for you religious idiots.

pongley
pongley

@enoughofthis It's a space sim with a practically unlimited universe to freely explore. If you don't get that then it's just not your thing, kinda like how beat-em-ups really aren't my thing.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@SteamyPotatoesThank potatoes it worked, was trying for ages to get on steam, just managed to grab it with about an hour left. ty for letting us know ;)

ranma1_2
ranma1_2

@pongley @ranma1_2 Nope, they get sunshine,rainbows and happiness.