Hello Games is Having an OK Month, Cleared of False Advertising in UK

Hello Games must be feeling pretty good about themselves. My have they turned things around.

First off, the Foundation Update for No Man’s Sky is not terrible. It actually improved the game and even got me to go back and give it a spin. I see it as a goodwill gesture that they are working to make things right, even though they still have a long way to go.

Well now, they have one less thing to worry about, in that the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority has cleared the developer of false advertising accusations. Hello Games has been investigated by the agency for the past two months stemming from complaints concerning images and descriptions on their Steam page.

According to the Advertising Standards Authority, “…the overall impression of the ad was consistent with gameplay and the footage provided, both in terms of that captured by Hello Games and by third parties, and that it did not exaggerate the expected player experience of the game.”

I bet Hello Games feels relieved from the news. Now get back to work and keep patching!

Hidden Vehicle Assets Found in No Man’s Sky Update

Looks like Hello Games’ three months of radio silence were fruitful. The consensus surrounding the recently released Foundation Update has been relatively positive. It also turns out that there is a bit more hiding out in the patch, perhaps laying the the groundwork for subsequent patches?

An intrepid Reddit user called “eegandj” has found multiple assets buried in the patch that show some kid of space buggy is in the works. Marked within a folder called “buggy,” the Redditor found an incomplete 3D model of the vehicle, textures, and and a hodgepodge of other assorted goodies. He was even able to get the vehicle into the game.

Unfortunately, he couldn’t take the vehicle for a spin. It was a bit buggy.

So What’s No Man’s Sky Foundation Update All About?

This morning, many folks had a reason to go back to No Man’s Sky, thanks to the Foundation Update. The patch notes for the update are extensive and can be viewed here.

Some highlights included in this update, which Hello Games claims will be the first of many, are three new game modes. There’s a Normal Mode,  a Creative Mode which includes base building, and a Survival Mode. Additional changes include UI tweaks and additional NPC characters.

It has been a tumultuous three months for Hello Games since No Man’s Sky been launched. If the following tweet from Sean Murray is any indication, it appears this patch is a big deal for them.

Hoping that this update means that Hello Games have turned the corner and more good things are coming.

Hello Games Says Something About No Man’s Sky, Finally

It’s been a long time since the fine folks at Hello Games had anything to say regarding No Man’s Sky. Well that silence has finally been broken.

According to a post on the No Man’s Sky blog, a patch is coming. They’re calling it the “Foundation Update.” My, how fancy.

“Hello,

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 them all 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.

Thank you,

Hello Games”

I hope they have been silent all this time because they have been feverishly patching this game. Perhaps this patch will allow the studio to meet the lofty goals they set for themselves.

The No Man’s Sky Drama Continues

Earlier today, Hello Games official twitter account posted that “No Man’s Sky was a mistake.” The account was quickly set to private.

I joked that either Sean Murray is having a nervous breakdown or the Twitter account was hacked. It was actually neither.

Forbes and Mashable are reporting that it was a disgruntled studio employee. According to Murray, “The tweet came from a disgruntled employee… We’re currently trying to solve the issue internally.”

The drama surrounding this horrible game never ends.

Hello Games is Having a Bad Month

When it rains it pours.

Hello Games is not getting an opportunity to enjoy the success of their latest release, No Man’s Sky, which has now sold over 750,000 copies. Many folks who purchased the game, including myself, feel that the game does not meet the expectations set by the developer.

Initial reaction was so poor that gamers tried to get refunds from Sony after purchasing the game after rumors spread online. This apparently was not the case, as I tried and was rebuffed by Sony when I attempted to get my money back.

Sony’s president Shuhei Yoshida did not help matters on No Man’s Sky troubles when he went onto say that: “I understand some of the criticisms especially Sean Murray is getting because he sounded like he was promising more features in the game from day one. It wasn’t a great PR strategy, because he didn’t have a PR person helping him, and in the end he is an indie developer.”

HORSEFEATHERS! Sony knew exactly what was happening and did nothing to stop it.  They are just as responsible of leading on gamers as is Sean Murray.

Now the UK-based Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is launching an investigation into what they consider false advertising for the title.

In a nutshell, the ASA claims that the demo shown at E3 in 2014, which is front and center on the game’s Steam page has major disparities with the final game, which is not all that surprising as it is over 2 years old.

These disparities include the major difference in the final UI design, lack of flowing water, and an absent aiming system, to name just a few.

Chances are, this investigation will not lead to much. Similar investigations and accusations of false advertising from the ASA has led to company’s simply removing the questionable advertising from the public, if they are found guilty.

In the end, it’s just more bad PR for Hello Games and nothing else. Not like it matters, as they already have your money.  I’ll just think twice of buying one of their games in the future.