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No Man’s Sky Studio Hello Games Responds To Controversy, Outlines Foundation Update

No Man's Sky developer Hello Games has broken its radio silence to announce the game's foundation update, all the while responding to fierce criticism.

The radio silence is over. Developer Hello Games has announced that a substantial “Foundation” update is headed to No Man’s Sky, which will add the long-requested base building mechanic.

News hails from the studio’s official blog, revealing that the major content update is designed to “put in place a foundation for things to come.” There was no mention of patch notes or a release date at the time of going to press., but we’ll keep you posted once we learn more.

Elsewhere, Hello Games also touched on the fierce criticism that has been levelled at the ambitious space title since its August launch. Here’s an extract:

In the nine weeks since then our small team has been hard at work on development, testing and certification for the Foundation Update. It won’t be our biggest update, but it is the start of something. The discussion around No Man’s Sky since release has been intense and dramatic. We have been quiet, but we are listening and focusing on improving the game that our team loves and feels so passionately about.

Positive or negative feedback, you have been heard and that will truly help to make this a better game for everyone.

This update will be the first small step in a longer journey. We hope you can join us.

Coming off the back of a massive and indeed prolonged marketing campaign – one which Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida later called into questionNo Man’s Sky touched down for PS4 and PC in August and since then, has struggled to maintain a solid player base, and the fact that Hello Games were placed under the spotlight by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) only exacerbated matters.

Amid the furore, an alleged hack resulted in the game’s official Twitter account Tweeting out a bogus message that labelled No Man’s Sky as “a mistake.” Studio head Sean Murray issued a response, and this news of the Foundation update has been the first status report since.

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