No Man’s Sky has been the subject of much controversy since it launched, as misleading advertising has fans demanding refunds and advertising watchdogs launching an investigation. Through all of this, developer Hello Games and director Sean Murray have been almost entirely silent, but things heated up again yesterday morning when Hello Games’ Twitter account tweeted out “No Man’s Sky was a mistake.”
Soon after the tweet was sent out (and eventually removed)
Forbes and Mashable each received emails stating that the tweet was sent out by a “disgruntled employee.” Meanwhile, other sites (such as Polygon) reported that they received an email from Sean Murray taking responsibility for the tweet and apologizing for the game’s failure to deliver on all of its promises.
After this, Sean Murray finally
broke his Twitter silence to say “Server hacked. We’re binging Mr Robot Episodes as quickly as we can looking for answers. Ep05 is a cracker” and “If anything was a mistake, it was using Linked In without 2FA.” Hello Games’ Twitter later stated “100% not hacked anymore… obviously those mails and that tweet were fake. Back to work.”
Forbes then reached out to Sean Murray and Hello Games to see if
all of the emails were fake (including the one they received stating that a disgruntled employee was to blame) or if the “apology” email from Murray was the only fake. They have not received any clarification on the issue.