We haven’t heard much from Hello Games, with the exception being due to a disgruntled employee causing some havoc over twitter (here). Those few months of zero communication had sent a clear indication to the fans of No Man’s Sky that the Hello Games was either hard at work with an update to address the many issues with the game or that they had merely given up. After all this time it seems that Hello Games had in fact been working on an update for No Man’s Sky. Noticed after at the Steam Community Forms, which can be found here, outlines what Hello Games had been working on and what had caused them to end their radio silence.
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 it’s nice that they haven’t given up and are still working on the game. The fact they had broken all communication to everyone who purchased the game was bad PR, which lead to many people, including myself to put the game down and to never return to it. There are literally thousands of frustrated fans of the game that have been posting their displeasure about the game on forums and Reddit, while others have put the game up on sale or trade-in. Whatever this Foundation Update turns out to be, it better be damned good, good enough to repair what damage had been caused by putting out a game that didn’t make due to many of the promises for it and not communicating with the people who purchased the game.
Will this turn up to be a classic too little, too late, for No Man’s Sky or can they deliver on the promises and draw the attention back to the game? We’ll have to wait and see.