As one of the most anticipated games of 2016, it should come as no surprise that Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky would come under a lot of scrutiny upon release. With some players becoming disgruntled over how you can’t actually meet other players and some confusion over what the game actually offers though, it appears as though certain parts of No Man’s Sky’s audience would have benefited from having slightly more reserved expectations. One No Man’s Sky fan however has gone beyond mere dissatisfaction and has actually filed a class action lawsuit against Hello Games, claiming that the fact that the game didn’t revolutionize his life is tantamount to false advertising.
“See? It says it right there on their homepage. It says ‘infinite procedural generated galaxy,'” said Richard “Dick” Imagonnasueya-Pantsoff. “I spent 23 hours on launch day, and it turns out that all you can do is walk around and basically stare at rocks by yourself.” When it was pointed out that that is basically the premise of No Man’s Sky, Imagonnasueya-Pantsoff said, “Look, I know that you can fly around and stuff, but I was expecting alien cities, quests maybe, player choices and morality, stuff that will make the game worthy of being ‘infinite.'” Imagonnasueya-Pantsoff clarified that he didn’t think the game itself was bad per-se, but he felt betrayed because, at its core, No Man’s Sky isn’t capable of offering an experience beyond being “single-player Minecraft, without the crafting, in space.”
In response to these allegations, a Sony PR spokesperson stated that “No Man’s Sky is a game that is working exactly as advertised. Hello Games explicitly stated that you can fly around, name stuff, and shoot rocks; the existence or development of any other features (such as multiplayer, action, or meaningful NPCs) can neither be confirmed nor denied at this point.” In addition, the spokesperson stated that Hello Games has been consistent in their stance on discouraging players from looking up No Man’s Sky on the Internet, and it has nothing to do with their fear that people will realize that the game is more about quantity rather than quality. “If you explore literally everything by yourself with no help from the Internet, you will find that No Man’s Sky is as close to infinite as you can get.”
Sony’s PR spokesperson left one final, flustered comment, seemingly confused as to why people were claiming that No Man’s Sky was guilty of false advertising. “I am uncertain why someone felt the need to file a lawsuit against Hello Games. We have looked over every single one of Sean Murray’s statements regarding the game, and they have been clear, concise, and consistent enough that anyone can understand them without any confusion. In fact, they are so clear, concise, and consistent that it blows my mind how many people are playing No Man’s Sky right now. Did you know that two players have found each other on the day that the game came out? It is amazing that Discoveries are working at all with how many people are playing.”More About This Game