After two years since the messy launch of No Man’s Sky, Sean Murray has stepped up to speak with The Guardian newspaper. He gave us his take on the post-launch backlash and what’s in store for the future of the game.
Murray stated, “The internet is really good at knowing when somebody has made a mistake.” In 2016, Hello Games was unable to maintain the hype they had created which lead to big expectations for No Man’s Sky. When those high expectations were not met, angry gamers took to the internet to tarnish the game. Murray explained, “I didn’t enjoy it when I had to do it, and when I did it, I was naive and overly excited about my game. There are a lot of things around launch that I regret, or that I would do differently.” He said that the studio went wrong with communication and talking to the press.
Even though the controversy surrounding No Man’s Sky became well-known, many fans stayed around to enjoy what the game offered. No Man’s Sky is a meditative game where you explore the infinite universe all alone. The fruitful landscapes paired with a lonesome character made it stand out from the rest. Ever since launch, No Man’s Sky has been improving. Last year, the Atlas Rises update had almost a million people playing it.
Negative comments towards Murray went as far death threats, bomb threats. He gave an example saying, “I remember getting a death threat about the fact that there were butterflies in our original trailer, and you could see them as you walked past them, but there weren’t any butterflies in the launch game.” He added “I remember thinking to myself: ‘Maybe when you’re sending a death threat about butterflies in a game, you might be the bad guy.’”
Since then, the studio kept working on making the game better. The upcoming update, No Man’s Sky NEXT, keeps the same vibe of the game but amplifies gameplay. This update includes multiplayer, a feature that fans have been wanting since the game’s launch.
No Man’s Sky NEXT will be available on July 24 with the Xbox One launch and as a free update for PC and PlayStation 4.