“Sometimes you just don’t get all the way there at the first go.”
No Man’s Sky was released earlier this year and was one of the most anticipated games in a long time. Unfortunately, the game failed to deliver on many of the promises made by developer Hello Games and this caused quite an uproar in the gaming community.
As GameSpot reports, the title was released on the PC and PlayStation but not the Xbox One. Whilst appearing on Live with YouTube Gaming last night, PlayStation executive Shawn Layden discussed the fallout of No Man’s Sky.
He first praised Hello Games for their “incredible vision” and stated the six people working on the game had “very huge ambition.” He then went on to acknowledge that some of the promised features were not in the game at launch but did say:
“They’re still updating it. They’re trying to get it closer enough or closer to what their vision was,” he said. “I played a lot when it came out.”
“I think what we learned from that is that we don’t want to stifle ambition. We don’t want to stifle creativity. We don’t want to put people into slots where they must execute against an action adventure path or a fighting path or a shooting path. Perhaps over time [No Man’s Sky] will reveal itself to be all it can be.”
He added: “Nobody in development wants to say that they can’t do a thing, right? No one wants to tell someone, ‘No I can’t do that for you,'” Layden said. “People are really trying. I think looking at the different industries I’ve had the privilege of working, the gaming industry is where everybody has the courage to say ‘yes.’ And they want to try to realize their ambitions. They want to try to make that vision. No one slinks away from a huge challenge. And sometimes you just don’t get all the way there at the first go.”
No Man’s Sky’s director, Sean Murray, has previously stated that he hopes free DLC can bring out the game’s full potential. This hasn’t prevented a lot of controversy. It was announced in September that the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority has begun an investigation into No Man’s Sky after numerous complaints. More recently Hello Games’ Twitter account was hacked and saw a Tweet get published which called the game “a mistake.”
Here’s hoping Hello Games is able to bring out the true potential of No Man’s Sky.