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No Man’s Sky Allegedly Hacked, Tweet Calls Game “A Mistake”

written by Jason Marcano October 28, 2016
It's No Man's Sky

Early this morning, after months of radio silence, Hello Games sent out a tweet regarding their ambitious game, No Man’s Sky. The tweet itself has been deleted, but not before numerous screen grabs were taken.

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Of course, this sent the internet into a frenzy. Threads on Reddit exploded with wild theories and irate fans. Twitter was inundated with retweets and angry replies. For a while, it was chaos. Forbes, Mashable, and Kotaku all reached out to Sean Murray via email and received the same initial response: The tweet was put up by a disgruntled employee and has since been taken down.

While the “disgruntled employee” angle isn’t a hard pill to swallow, it seemed that something fishy was going on. People kept reaching out to Hello Games, and No Man’s Sky creator Sean Murray. They finally got a response, seemingly from Sean himself: “The tweet is from me, but somebody from the team took it down. We have not been coping well.”

It is strange that after months of nothing, this would be how Sean Murray would break the news he was essentially giving up on No Man’s Sky. Granted the road has been rough for the guy. Countless articles have been put up decrying the game and slamming Murray, it’s not hard to imagine they aren’t coping well at all.

Not satisfied, and the odor of something foul still lingering, outlets continued to email Murray. Finally, he responded to Kotaku:

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,

Sean Murray

That email certainly reads as legit, but subsequent tweets from Sean Murray contradict that. Claiming that they have been hacked, and that the breach most likely stemmed from a LinkedIn account that was compromised. LinkedIn is where the first tweet declaring NMS a “mistake” came from. The hack theory was further solidified by Sean himself tweeting the following:

It would seem that all signs are pointing to a hack. But the fact that so many people believed, and probably still believe, the original “mistake” tweet to be genuine speaks volumes on the state of No Man’s Sky. Sean and Hello Games have still yet to say anything about this game or its future. Even now, amidst this development, nothing on the actual game. They sure were quick to clean up this mess though.

What do you geeks think? Were Hello Games and No Man’s Sky hacked? Could an angry employee have really sent this out and now their doing damage control? We’ll update this article as more develops. Until then Geeks.

Update 11:22AM

Two new tweets suggest that the issues have been resolved. However, no on can be sure.


Source :

Forbes, Kotaku

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