Why People Are Talking About No Man's Sky Being "a Mistake" Today
Here's what we know.
[UPDATE] The Hello Games Twitter account is now public again. The developer also said, "100 percent not hacked anymore. Obviously those mails and that tweet were fake. Back to work."
.@NoMansSky 100% not hacked anymore... obviously those mails and that tweet were fake. Back to work ??????— Hello Games (@hellogames) October 28, 2016
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Earlier today, the official Hello Games Twitter account published a tweet that simply said, "No Man's Sky was a mistake." The tweet, which was sent from LinkedIn, was later deleted and the account set to private. The tweet has been a much-discussed topic on places like NeoGAF and elsewhere, but it looks like Hello Games didn't intend to send it.
Hello Games founder Sean Murray, who was the director on No Man's Sky, wrote on Twitter today--his first update since August--to say, "If anything was a mistake, it was using LinkedIn without [two-factor authorization]." In another tweet, he stated that Hello Games' servers were hacked, which may have contributed to statements attributed to the company you might have seen around the internet today. It might also be that Murray's tweets were not written by him, so best to take things with a grain of salt.
GameSpot is currently attempting to make contact with Hello Games. We will update this post with anything we hear back from the developer.
No Man's Sky came out in August for PlayStation 4 and PC without a number of features that Murray discussed prior to launch; the game and its creators were criticized for this. Others still enjoyed the game for what it was; you can read GameSpot's review here.
PlayStation executive Shuhei Yoshida said in September that the strategy 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."
Hello Games is a small, independent studio. Yoshida said part of the problem might have been that Murray apparently did not have a PR person or team to help him determine what he should and shouldn't say. Going forward, Murray has talked about adding new features to the game over time as free DLC, including base-building and more. No Man's Sky's latest update came out at the end of September and fixed bugs and other issues.
In September, The UK's Advertising Standards Authority launched an investigation into No Man's Sky after it received "several complaints" about the game's potentially misleading advertising.
The No Man's Sky subreddit was temporarily closed earlier this month, after being described by its moderator as a "hate-filled wastehole."
No Man's Sky was the second best-selling game in the United States in August, behind only Madden NFL 17. The game failed to make the top 10 chart for September, while it didn't make the top 20 chart for PlayStation Store games that month.
This story has been updated.
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