No Man's Sky Subreddit Closed, Described as "Hate Filled Wastehole" By Mod [UPDATE: IT'S BACK]
The game's subreddit was purged of all discussion threads and shuttered.
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[UPDATE] The No Man's Sky subreddit is coming back online, apparently.
"I know the past few hours have been confusing," the new moderator, Sporkicide, wrote. "I've been reviewing the situation and working with /u/r0ugew0lf to determine the needs of this community and how the admins can help meet them. He's been an enormous help and I appreciate him working with us during a difficult time. He's going to take a break and has handed the reins over to me to get the subreddit restarted. I've extended invitations to some of the previous moderators to get things started and will likely be needing some additional help.
"At the core of things, this is a subreddit and a community centered around No Man's Sky. I'm asking everyone here to participate in good faith and leave any frustration with the recent situation at the door."
The original story is below.
The No Man's Sky subreddit has been closed and all content has been purged from it, except for a single message from the moderator, R0ugeW0lf, explaining the decision to shut it down.
"So I purged the subreddit. It's become a hate filled wastehole of no actual discussion," the mod said. "It's not what we intended it to be and I don't like providing a platform for hate. I'm sorry to everyone who used the subreddit as intended but you are now in the majority. I'm sure you can find a different place to discuss this game. It's not hard."
According to the R0ugeW0lf, the decision was made unilaterally and although "other moderators tried to sway my opinion ... cynicism got the best of me as usual," and it was shuttered.
It's important to note that this subreddit isn't affiliated with No Man's Sky developer Hello Games in any official capacity, and as such it doesn't have any control over it. Using an archiving website, it's possible to see discussions thread prior to its closure and, for the most part, they are of a negative sentiment.
No Man's Sky's launch and its reception has been controversial, with many players unsatisfied with the content of the game. It has been argued that the game doesn't fulfil promises made prior to its launch and is lacking numerous features developer Hello Games promoted in the lead up to release.
The UK's Advertising Standards Authority is currently investigating No Man's Sky after receiving "several complaints" about the game's potentially misleading advertising.
PlayStation executive Shuhei Yoshida previously said the strategy studio founder Sean Murray took of discussing features that didn't make it into the launch version might not have been the best way to go.
"I understand some of the criticisms especially Sean Murray is getting, because he sounded like he was promising more features in the game from day one," Yoshida said. "It wasn't a great PR strategy."
According to Yoshida, part of the problem may have been that Murray apparently did not have a PR person or team to help him determine what he should and shouldn't say. Looking ahead, Murray has talked about adding new features to the game over time as free DLC, including base-building and more.
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