It’s no use making a fuss about it: the debut of No Man’s Sky, the indie space-exploration game, has been pushed back. With a previous launch date set this June, the game was much awaited, but Kotaku reported that anonymous sources said it would be delayed.
There was a bit of an uproar in response, as a number of gamers tried to disprove the report. But unfortunately for the disgruntled fans, No Man’s Sky is really being pushed back.
How do we know that? Checking the game’s official page now shows the release date for August 9th, meaning that the delay was not linked to the PlayStation VR, as some had speculated.
The news was also announced by Hello Games’ Sean Murray, on the PlayStation blog, explaining that the team realized they needed more time to polish some key moments of the gaming experience just as they were approaching their final deadlines.
Making sure they released a game that was up to their standards, the team has to make the difficult choice to delay the game for a few weeks. This would enable the creators to “deliver something special,” in the end.
Now that you know the reason why, you can agree that the fairly minor delay is, in fact, commendable. It’s more important to get things right before launch than releasing an unfinished game out when promised.
“We understand that this news is disappointing,” Murray added. “Making this game is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, but we are so close now and we’re prepared to make the tough choices to get it right.”
When No Man’s Sky will eventually be released, gamers will have their minds blown away. With a universe so incredibly vast, this is a type of game that “hasn’t been attempted before, by a smaller team than anyone would expect, under an intense amount of expectation.”
But Murray also assured fans that development is “genuinely going well,” which is good news. Too many hotly anticipated titles have fallen into development hell, leaving gamers disappointed. (I’m looking at you The Last Guardian!)
In any case, No Man’s Sky should grace your PS4’s and PC’s at the beginning of August. Are you excited to play it?
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