No Man’s Sky might one day “reveal itself to be all it can be”, says PlayStation exec

By Brenna Hillier
7 November 2016 01:32 GMT

No Man’s Sky may yet live up to its promise.


No Man’s Sky has suffered a great deal of backlash since launch, as the finished experience didn’t meet many players’ expectations. Maybe that will change in the future?

Speaking on Live with YouTube Gaming, via PC Gamer, Sony Interactive Entertainment worldwide studios chairman Shawn Layden said development of No Man’s Sky continues and could one day reach its full potential.

“Hello Games, Sean Murray and his team, had an incredible vision of what they were going to create. It was something that had never been done before. A very small team had a very huge ambition,” he said of No Man’s Sky.

“They’re still working on it. They’re still updating it. They’re working on getting it closer to what their vision was. And perhaps over time, it’ll reveal itself to be all that it can be.”

Layden seemed fairly positive about No Man’s Sky, commenting that Sony didn’t want to force developers down specific paths, but he did make a few comments which suggested Hello Games bit off more than it could chew.

“The games industry is where everybody has the courage to say yes. They want to try to realise their ambition. They want to try to make that vision. No one slinks away from a huge challenge,” he said.

“And sometimes you just don’t get all the way there the first go,” he added.

No Man’s Sky has been patched a couple of times since launch, with update 1.09 dropping in late September – about six weeks after launch. These patches were largely focused on improving performance and fixing bugs and other issues, but Hello Games said it would on to free No Man’s Sky content updates once it has nailed the core experience.

The developer then went painfully silent, and for a while everything we knew about No Man’s Sky came from one staffer. It wasn’t until the Hello Games Twitter and email servers were hacked that we got any official word on Murray and his team.

At this stage we don’t know if Hello Games intends to add the things missing from No Man’s Sky at launch which prompted claims of false advertising, or whether it has other content in mind.

Let’s hope the next time No Man’s Sky news drops it’s because Hello Games has a tasty update for those players who have remained interested in the project despite the drama.

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