By Nathan Grayson on January 16th, 2014 at 9:00 am.
No Man’s Sky is easily one of the most intriguing game prospects in development right now, what with its claims of atomic-level procedural generation and galaxies of planets to fly between – sea to land to sea of stars – at your leisure. It’s about as “next-gen” as anything I’ve heard about, and I want nothing more than to get lost in the crevices of its titanic toes. Unfortunately, developer Hello Games isn’t doing so hot these days. Over the holiday break, the Joe Danger creator’s entire office flooded, and the total monetary value of PCs, laptops, dev-kits, and equipment lost would’ve apparently been enough to “fund a small game.” Procedurally generated props to the four-person studio, though: they’re not slowing down. Not for a second. Heck, they’re even ruling out Kickstarter for now.
Managing director Sean Murray discussed the ramifications of this total bullshit move on Life’s part in a blog post:
“Everyone assembled over Christmas and we’ve been working super hard since. Right now we have set ourselves up at a new temporary (cramped) location. Some of us are working from home. We’ve filled a couple of dumpsters with our old stuff, and built ourselves a make-shift post-apocalyptic set of workstations – but we’re back, full speed!”
“We won’t let [a delay] happen! At times recently I’ve wanted to be depressed, to wallow, but it’s impossible surrounded by this team. They are literally unstoppable. If we’ve lost some work, we’ll make up the time. We’ll steal dev-kits. We’ll work on a boat. Whatever it takes (not actual stealing… maybe).”
And hey, there’s always Kickstarter, right? Apparently not in this case. Murray acknowledged that crowdfunding a little solid ground to stand on would probably be a good solution, but he just can’t get on board with the idea. “I just don’t think it’s the right thing for No Man’s Sky right now,” he wrote, “and we’d probably rather not eat than do the wrong thing for this game.”
All of which is basically insane. Hello Games, you are probably not right in the head, but I applaud you for it. Be well, all of you. Keep on fighting the good fight – unless it’s against Poseidon, in which case I think I figured out your problem.
No Man’s Sky still doesn’t have a release date, which I suppose makes it easier to avoid delaying it. But Hello Games is still flying, and at the end of the day, that’s what really matters.