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Hello Games have finally broken their silence regarding No Man’s Sky.

In an announcement on Steam, Hello Games have stated that the team will be releasing an update to No Man’s Sky, titled the Foundation Update.

The update will lay the groundwork for the first major addition to the game, base building, as well as more gameplay changes for future updates.

The last patch released for the game, on September 24th, has lead to massive improvements in the game’s overall technical performance. Since then, Hello Games has been working hard on the Foundation Update. The team admits it will not be their biggest update for the game, but “the start of something” for the future.

Hello Games also addresses some of the controversy surrounding No Man’s Sky in their post.

“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. “

No Man’s Sky has been controversial since it’s launch, first due to the game’s myriad of bugs and PC performance issues, but has now become a major point of contention for its marketing. Many consumers have argued that a number of promised features for No Man’s Sky have been unfulfilled, leading to stagnant PC sales and massive criticism over the game’s content. This has spurred an investigation in No Man’s Sky advertising by the U.K-based Advertising Standard Authority. It also led to the Game Award’s Geoff Keighly re-evaluate how they will show projects on their show, and may be part of the reason for the change in policy at Steam for actual in-game screenshots and the screenshot focus of the new Steam update.


Quick Take

I fully admit I am probably one of the few people who enjoyed No Man’s Sky a lot, so much so I gave it a positive review overall for what it had. The silence from Hello Games has been a major point of contention, right down to the really off-putting rumors and even a hack of their twitter account a few weeks back that just spurred more negative discussion in the end.

For me, this is a good update personally. Hello Games is not giving up on No Man’s Sky yet, and considering it took them five years to even get to this point, I doubt they will just let the game die so easily at this point. Hopefully, the Foundation Update leads to some much-needed relief for the remainder of players who are playing, and the first step to building some goodwill for those who felt disappointed by the overall project. 

What do you think, though? What updates would need to happen to redeem No Man’s Sky in your mind with the issues surrounding its launch? Is that possible? Leave your comments below. 

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A game playing, college teaching, erudite-minded scholar who happens to write some articles every so often. Have worked as a journalist, critic, educator and blogger for over five years now, with articles published (as user editorials) on Game Revolution and Giant Bomb as well as a contributor for the websites Angry Bananas and Blistered Thumbs. Now making TechRaptor my home.