Hello Games Employees Leaving ‘No Man’s Sky’: Is Game Doomed?

No Man’s Sky failed to deliver but players are holding on. But with reports that employees working on the project are starting to leave, is there still hope for No Man’s Sky and Hello Games?

No Man’s Sky launched to a very excited and enthusiastic gaming community, having promised a lot of rainbows and butterflies for the franchise. But upon release, a lot of players and critics have become dissatisfied with how much (or how little, to put it more correctly) No Man’s Sky has to offer. In fact, it looks like it’s not only the people who have purchased the game who are unhappy with No Man’s Sky and its developer Hello Games.

iDigital Times reported this week that longtime Hello Games designer Gareth Bourn has just signed out of his post at Hello Games and transferred to developer Foundry42. Interestingly, outspoken Line Of Defense designer Derek Smart joked that Bourn might have abandoned No Man’s Sky for another flop project, Star Citizen. If Hello Games was doing so good, then why toss his six years for a sinking ship?

This news has come after a couple of weeks after speculation of inner turmoil at Hello Games started to circulate. Reports are spewing all over the web that Sean Murray has gone AWOL since No Man’s Sky launched and that the Hello Games office looks abandoned after the photo of a sad-looking Hello Games headquarters surfaced on Reddit.

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It was also brought to the attention of many No Man’s Sky followers that the game’s producer and community manager seem to have already vacated their posts. Comparing how No Man’s Sky’s Contact Us page looked like last August 8 and how it is last October 7, user Caipirinha at the NeoGAF forums noted that the producer and the community manager have already moved on to work for other companies.

She has also noted how suspicious that No Man’s Sky lead programmer Innes McKendrick has been so busy traveling to different countries on a conference tour while No Man’s Sky has been continuously receiving backlash. Is it not a bit odd that the lead programmer is amiss in the middle of the supposedly huge patch that the No Man’s Sky team is building?

While it is not so unusual for employees to move on after finishing a project, it’s quite suspicious that key positions are vacated when a game is still due for some huge patch and updates. It’s not like No Man’s Sky is already a finished game right, with all the promises Hello Games is still dangling in front of us?

Just last month, Hello Games suffered from a very serious hacking that has finally ended the silence from Hello Games and creator Sean Murray. Inquisitr reported that the Hello Games Twitter page tweeted a controversial statement which read:

No Man’s Sky was a mistake.

The tweet was immediately taken down and the Twitter page was set to private. Apparently, it’s not only Hello Games’ Twitter that got hacked but Sean Murray’s e-mail account too, which started sending out e-mails to various media outlets, reading:

The tweet is from me, but somebody from the team took it down. We have not been coping well.

So after months of silence from No Man’s Sky’s creator, he is back and is cleaning up what remains of No Man’s Sky.

So after a tedious day, Hello Games, too, have posted a tweet after more than a month of silence.

No Man’s Sky is still currently facing lawsuits and countless of refund demands. Hopefully, these internal debacles help push Hello Games to finally sort out what needs to be sorted out and release a patch for No Man’s Sky already!

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