Early this morning there was a leaked tweet by Sean Murray’s twitter account:
As soon as this tweet went out the whole gamer community went crazy believing that Sean’s Twitter account was hacked and wanted to figure out what was going on. Only to later find out that the tweet was actually from him and a extra comment was added as a follow up showing problem within Hello Games Studio.
No Man’s Sky was a mistake.
I have contacted you because the silence from Hello Games has been unwarranted and unprofessional. The community has asked me to speak up, and I have a confession to make. The game was simply unfinished upon arrival. Our hand was forced by not only Sony, but the community as well. The constant harassment and absolute gross misconduct on the community’s part has made it hard to fulfill our artistic vision, while the pressure from Sony to release the game as soon as possible forced us to cut key features. I want to apologize for what we did not deliver on, as the game does not meet up to what our artistic vision was.
However, we do wish that the community was more understanding of our situation. Many people have asked for refunds despite our promise to continually improve and update No Man’s Sky. We are just a small studio that has poured our blood, sweat, and tears into this project. The complete lack of respect when it comes to the work we have done absolutely saddens not only myself, but the team as well. We want to improve the game to the point we dreamed of it being and beyond.
I hope everyone affected understands,
UPDATE 5: No Man’s sky developer Hello Games has seemingly put the hacking debacle to bed, telling Twitter followers that it was business as usual for the NMS studio.
After conflicting reports and multiple tweets, it seems Hello Games really was hacked and it’s back to work on No Man’s Sky.
The latest Hello Games tweet reads: “100% not hacked anymore… obviously those mails and that tweet were fake. Back to work.”
UPDATE 4: No Man’s Sky co-creator Sean Murray has seemingly confirmed that Hello Games was the victim of hacking.
In a series of tweets on his personal Twitter page, Sean Murray said that the Hello Games servers were hacked, before joking about watching Mr Robot episodes for a solution.
“Server hacked,” he tweeted. “We’re binging Mr Robot Episodes as quickly as we can looking for answers. Ep05 is a cracker.
“If anything was a mistake, it was using Linked In without 2FA,” he added.
UPDATE 3: No Man’s Sky developer Hello Games has reportedly blamed the tweet on a disgruntled employee.
A different email sent to Mashable claims the “No Man’s sky was a mistake” tweet was posted by a disgruntled employee and that Hello Games was investigating the matter.
However, Polygon’s email was reportedly sent by Sean Murray’s personal email, while Mashable’s tweet is said to have come from Hello Games.
Express Online will continue to update the story.
UPDATE 2: No Man’s Sky creator Sean Murray has allegedly confirmed that he was behind the now-deleted Hello Games tweet.
After calling the game a mistake on Twitter, Murray is said to have contacted Polygon to say that he was behind the tweet and that the studio hasn’t been coping well.
“The tweet is from me, but somebody from the team took it down,” he said. “We have not been coping well.”
UPDATE: No Man’s Sky developer Hello Games has changed its Twitter account settings to private after seemingly getting hacked.
After weeks of inactivity, the Hello Games Twitter account suddenly tweeted: “No Man’s Sky was a mistake.”
The No Man’s Sky developer has since deleted the tweet and protected its account.
Trying to access the Hello Games Twitter page without following the studio brings up the following message: “This account’s Tweets are protected.
“Only confirmed followers have access to @hellogames’s Tweets and complete profile. Click the “Follow” button to send a follow request.”
ORIGINAL: The No Man’s Sky multiplayer controversy shows no signs of slowing down, as Sony weighs in on the online scandal.
Sony has denied ever advertising No Man’s Sky as anything other than a single-player game, claiming that the media portrayed it as having multiplayer elements.
This is according to an email sent to PixelVulture by Sony: “We have double checked with the relevant team: In the description it always said 1 player, but it was portrayed in the media that it might have it.
“There was no mention of multiplayer within the product description on the PlayStation Store.”
While Sony is right to say that No Man’s Sky was never advertised as a multiplayer game on the PlayStation Store or on the game’s box art, Hello Games co-founder Sean Murray seemingly confirmed it in multiple pre-release interviews.