Hello Games’ next project is as big and ambitious as No Man’s Sky

By Sherif Saed
3 September 2020 11:45 GMT

Hello Games is looking to the future.

Although Hello Games continues to support No Man’s Sky, having recently shipped the Desolation update, the developer is secretly busy with more than the space-faring adventure.

Hello Games just released The Last Campfire, but even that was a side-project, in the works by a small team within studio. Hello Games’ actual next, big project is one Sean Murray confirmed for the first time.

In an interview with Polygon, Murray said that the team is now 26 strong. Three of them made The Last Campfire, and some continue to work on No Man’s Sky.

Everyone else, however, is hard at work on the next big thing, which Murray says is a “huge, ambitious game like No Man’s Sky.” Unfortunately, Murray did not share any details about the game, or when we can expect to see it. That said, he talked a little bit about the lessons learned from the way No Man’s Sky was shown and marketed ahead of its release.

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“There is a really positive thing about talking about your game a lot,” said Murray. “Where you get people interested in it who wouldn’t have played it otherwise.”

No Man’s Sky is an example of that; a small game whose potential audience was expanded as a result of the constant talking and showing Hello Games has done over months, allowing it to reach people who wouldn’t otherwise seek it out in the indie section on Steam.

“But I look back, having done a lot of different press opportunities and things like that. And I reckon about half of what we did — and a lot of where we had problems, I think, where we were naive — we didn’t really need to do and we would have had the same level of success, you know?

“A lot of opportunities were put in front of us, and we were told that they were the right things to do and I look back and I’m not sure that they were super, super important to the overall outcome kind of thing.”

You can read the full interview at the link above. The Last Campfire is available now on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch and Apple Arcade.

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