No Man’s Sky came out a year ago and it inspired me to write about Peter Molyneux’s tendency to, shall we say, talk about the things he wanted to be in the game rather than about the things that would eventually be in the game. Unfortunately, he talked about the things that he wanted to be in the game as if they were going to actually be in the game, so when the game came out, people would ask stuff like “hey, where’s that thing you talked about?” and that led to all sorts of stuff.
Anyway, it reached the point where if Peter Molyneux said “we’re thinking about having a keyboard interface for our next RPG”, everyone would say something like “looks like he’s bringing back the conversation wheel from Elder Scrolls: Oblivion” and get back to not thinking about the game at all. Well, No Man’s Sky promised the moon way back when and, when it came out, it inspired a host of posts about Peter Molyneux. After that, it pushed the limits of Steam’s refund policy as *TONS* of people who pre-ordered the game gave it back saying “they promised me so much stuff and they delivered diddly squat.”
This was kind of something that people ought to have seen coming, really.
Now here’s where we get to the part that I, at least, did *NOT* see coming.
No Man’s Sky updated. Like a *HUGE* update. Like, on PS4, the original game was just under 10 Gigs and this update is a little over 7 Gigs.
On top of that, get this, it looks like the game is now pretty danged close to what was originally promised. Like, the stuff they told you that you would be able to do that got you all excited? You can do that now. The stuff you were really excited to see in the game? IT IS NOW IN THE GAME.
Well, except for sandworms. Those still aren’t in the game.
But it looks like we have a game where it’s appropriate to say “you’re excited? Well, you *SHOULD* be excited!” instead of a game where it’s appropriate to say “you should manage your expectations because you know that E3 tends to overhype things and… well, remember Peter Molyneux?”
Which I can’t even remember the last time that that happened. Holy cow. The game got fixed.
So… what are you playing?
(Picture is HG Wells playing a war game from Illustrated London News (25 January 1913))