The launch of No Man's Sky was infamously rocky. Whatever the rights and wrongs, it reached a certain fever pitch and became both vicious and widespread. To its eternal credit, Guildford-based developer Hello Games didn't shirk from the challenge. Instead it embarked upon a years-long project of improving and adding to the game, making many huge changes to the experience and engaging with much-requested community features.
I don't think it's unfair to say that No Man's Sky was a little bare bones at first. But the work that Hello has done since, all of which is free for owners of the game, is remarkable and one of the great modern examples of post-launch support. This may not have been the game that all of its fans wanted and expected; but it probably is now.
So in an industry where consumer anger is pretty much a given on any day, it's beautiful to see that attitude and hard work rewarded. The No Man's Sky subreddit, in recognition of Hello's work on improving the game, clubbed together recently and has bought a billboard right outside Hello's offices saying thanks.
our community has bought the billboard outside our office to say Thank You
Oh. My. God.https://t.co/oGTjFI4WWG
— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) June 13, 2019
There's not much more to add, other than to observe that it's a richly deserved tribute. Fair play to Hello, and to the community spirit it has fostered. If you're interested in reading more about how No Man's Sky has developed, check out Stephen's recent piece on the game's unexpected success.
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