Thursday, August 25, 2016
My super late to the party opinion on the debacle that is No Man's Sky.
No Man' Sky is fun... for about 8-10 hours. After that it's not bad, but... (and I'm not going to go into all the reasons why as everything has already been said by everyone else on the internet)... but the game is not what we were told it was going to be.
There are only two possibilities. Either Sean Murray was completely full of shit, or something disastrous happened during the development. If the latter, they should really do a press release of some sort to give some kind of explanation why there is SO MUCH missing out of the game. If they don't give some sort of explanation, Hello Games is finished. Or at very best, they will forever be known as "That one indie developer that's full of shit", and that's not going to be good for them.
The hype behind this game was too large to ignore the backlash that's happening. It needs to be publicly addressed to save face. Not saying that will happen, but it should.
My own 100% speculative theory with no evidence to back it up what so ever. When No Man's Sky was first unveiled at the Video Game Awards, the only platform that was announced was PS4. Later they said it would be coming to PC "Eventually" but they didn't know when at the time. Point being, I think this was originally going to be a PS4 exclusive.
The hype reached over 9000 immediately after that very first trailer. Sean Murray's interviews was filled with bashfulness and silly shy grins. You could help but like this adorable little indie dev guy making this huge impressive game. EVERYONE was talking about it. You can bet Sony heard the noise and they probably became extremely invested in the development and release of this game. I have a feeling Sony pressured Sean Murray into releasing the game before it was finished in order to capitalize on the hype and get as much sales as possible. Development was taking to long, and Sony didn't want a Duke Nukem Forever on their hands. Also Star Citizen is presumably right around the corner (hahahahaha...I know) and Elite Dangerous is forever growing and evolving with each content update. These are games that are not only more impressive than No Man's Sky, but also scratch the same exact itch that No Man's Sky was scratching. They had to get the game out.