The controversy surrounding No Man’s Sky’s release is certainly one of the most interesting recent events in gaming. With expectations running far too high for a realistic outcome, an immense backlash took place with many players stating that Hello Games founder Sean Murray over promised and, ultimately, lied about what the game would be. Even worse than the product itself was the way that Hello Games reacted to this backlash. In fact, they had no response about the reception of the game for months following its release. This period of silence felt devastating for everybody involved — a terrible situation all around. Finally, a tweet from Hello Games appeared yesterday stating that the development team has been hard at work on the new Foundation Update.

Judging by No Man Sky’s in-game references to influential science fiction authors, the Foundation update is most likely a nod to Isaac Asimov’s incredible novel series. The update appears to be the start of base building within the game, and the beginning of a greater expansion of the game. Hello Games also addressed the critical and fan reception to their game:

The discussion around No Man’s Sky since release has been intense and dramatic. We have been quiet, but we are listening and focusing on improving the game that our team loves and feels so passionately about.

Positive or negative feedback, you have been heard and that will truly help to make this a better game for everyone.

This update will be the first small step in a longer journey. We hope you can join us.

I personally am not one of the gamers raising a pitchfork and screaming for Sean Murray’s head, but I think there is a lot of work to be done to “right his wrongs”, for lack of a better term. Understandably a lot of players will never go back to No Man’s Sky. The real question is whether or not Hello Games has any chance of gaining an audience back, even with extensive updates.

  • I do genuinely want this game to succeed. Marketing was No Man’s Sky’s downfall. Had it been marketed as a Minecraft style game (as in a perpetually Alpha build of a game) that would continue to get expansions and updates for YEARS to come, it might have been slightly better received. But we live in an age where all games coming out must be released in their perfect states. Ubisoft is learning this the hard way. I’m surprised that Hello Games made the same mistake. Fingers crossed that with enough updates the game can become a beloved franchise.