The saga surrounding Hello Games recent release No Mans Sky is a long and storied one, consisting of floods, support from Sony, delays, death threats, a release that many found to be wanting and more recently hacking of Sean Murray’s email, Twitter, and the Hello Games twitter account.
While we have limited our coverage on the title, trying to not get drawn too deeply into matters surrounding the game or its reception, beyond a recent performance analysis post, sometimes events occur that mean we do feel the need to bring news surrounding titles like this to the fore. It seems after months of almost total radio silence Hello Games had an announcement they want to make.
Hello Games shows signs of life!
The Foundation Update is coming soon https://t.co/8nEJQ749NC
— Hello Games (@hellogames) November 25, 2016
Following the URL takes you to a development update on the No Mans Sky site itself which provides the following information.
This week Hello Games will be releasing an update to No Man’s Sky. We’re calling it The Foundation Update, because we have added the foundations of base building, and also because this is putting in place a foundation for things to come.
Detailed patch notes will follow, and release will be soon.
Coming from five years of intense development, immediately after No Man’s Sky released the team spent six weeks updating the game with 7 patches across both platforms (the last of these was 1.09 on Sept 24th which you can read about here http://www.no-mans-sky.com/log/). These fixed many of the most common or critical bugs and issues post-release.
In the nine weeks since then our small team has been hard at work on development, testing and certification for the Foundation Update. It won’t be our biggest update, but it is the start of something.
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.
While information is thin on the ground here, it does seem that the Hello Games crew are still working away on their title and are trying to get the game that many wanted to the public.
Will this be enough?
The real question is, will this be enough to sate owners of the gaming community. A lot of damage has been done already both by releasing a game that many felt lacked the majority of what players were promised and by the almost total silence from Hello Games and Sean Murray regarding what is going on, while many took this to be a sign that the staff were hard at work trying to get things patched and working it was highly uncharacteristic of them considering the bluster and noise that both Sean and the Studio were surrounded by in the run up to release – something which led many to think Sean had vanished, or the company had simply shut down with posts on Reddit purporting to show the offices standing empty. Hopefully this release will mark the start of Hello Games delivering on a lot of what was initially promised in the run up to the titles release back in August.
We will of course be following this story closely over the coming days and indeed update you as we discover more of what is happening.