No Mans Sky is notorious as being one of the biggest disappointments in the history of video games, and it’s not a horrible game, trust me I have seen much worse but it was way over hyped, the bigger problem is, it did not deliver on everything that was promised. This game was in development for a number of years, and it’s not uncommon for features to get cut during the process for a variety of reasons, the big problem is right up until release the developers oversold the product by stating that certain features were in the game that weren’t there when gamers got their hands on it. I don’t think Hello games, and Sean Murray are the only guilty parties, Sony shares some of the blame, I think Sony pushed an indie developer to try to put out a Triple A title, and they weren’t up to the task. I think if No Mans Sky would have been priced like an indie title when it was released people would have a lot less problem with it, but like I said earlier my big problem is that it didn’t deliver on what was promised, I feel like I was lied too.
So now after quite a long period of no news we get the Foundation patch that will add base building to the game, and be a building block for other thing to come according to Hello Games, this is definitely a good move, but I wounder if it might be to little to late type of thing. I haven’t played the game in months, and to be honest I’m still kind of ticked off at the developers, and Sony. There have been a lot of games that have come out since No Mans Sky was released, and I think gamers have probably moved on, It’s going to be a tough sell to get any type of trust back, and people to play this game again.
I do think there is a chance Hello Games might be able to pull it off, the other day I jumped back into The Division to try the new Survival dlc, and really liked it, and according to Ubisoft they are seeing player levels similar to when the game was released, people are coming back. When I went to play the game I was actually stuck in a Que for a few minutes, haven’t seen that in a long time. Of course the problem that The Division was a little different, once you hit end game there really wasn’t much to do, and people got bored, and left. My point being it is possible to get people to come back to a game, and give it another try.
Now as I’m writing this the Foundation patch has been released, and I was looking at some articles online to see whats in it. Hello Games added a lot of stuff, not only base building but now there are several different game play modes, you can buy freighters to transport resources, hire aliens to help with different aspects of your base, and a bunch of other things too numerous to list here. This patch is a big deal, I consider it more dlc than a patch.
As I said before my biggest problem with No Mans Sky was I felt like I was lied too, and I spoke to some friends of mine who bought the game that feel the same way, they also told me that they are more than willing to try the game again with the new patch, and are kind of excited about it, I’am too.
I do think this is Hello Games last best hope to redeem themselves, and the game, and based on some stuff I have read they seem sincere about trying to make things right. If this doesn’t work however, I’m not sure what else they can do. It will also be interesting to see how this effects the UK’s investigation into false advertising against No Mans Sky if it has any effect at all.
The new patch is definitely a step in the right direction, and if you don’t already own the game now is a great time to pick it up, just saw it at Best Buy for $25.00 which probably should have been the price to begin with.
I’m usually willing to give someone a second chance if they understand they screwed up, are willing to try to fix it, and most importantly are sincere about, and I do think that is the case with Hello Games, and No Mans Sky. I do hope they succeed, they have taken a whole lot of heat over the past few months, and I’m sure they feel kind of beaten down by now. Are you willing to give Hello Games, a second chance? Let us know in the comments.