Sony has confirmed that the release of No Man’s Sky, which was supposed to be on June 24, has been delayed and has been moved to August 9 in North America, August 10 in Europe, and August 12 in the UK.
Creator Sean Murray made the official announcement via the PlayStation blog here. He wrote:
The game really has come together, and it’s such an incredible relief. As we sit and play it now, and as I watch playtesters every day, I can finally let myself get excited. We’re actually doing this.
However, as we approached our final deadlines, we realised that some key moments needed extra polish to bring them up to our standards. I have had to make the tough choice to delay the game for a few weeks to allow us to deliver something special.
We understand that this news is disappointing. Making this game is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, but we are so close now, and we’re prepared to make the tough choices to get it right. The universe of No Man’s Sky is incredibly vast. More than you can imagine. This is a type of game that hasn’t been attempted before, by a smaller team than anyone would expect, under an intense amount of expectation.
Unfortunately, this decision didn’t sit well with some gamers, as the MD of UK developer Hello Games revealed that he received death threats following his announcement.
I have received loads of death threats this week, but don't worry, Hello Games now looks like the house from Home Alone #pillowfort— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) May 28, 2016
Apparently, even the journalist who first wrote the news received threats:
What it's like to write about video games on the internet: pic.twitter.com/a4yRcGMbsA— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) May 27, 2016
There’s even one gamer who tried to disprove the “lies,” thereby phoning several GameStop stores just to prove the story’s sources as false. As a result, several claims have emerged, saying that GameStop had no way of accessing their information, which means No Man’s Sky’s original release date is still in place.
I would too, tbh pic.twitter.com/HJNAhXowKb— Chris Higgins (@higgyC) May 28, 2016
Of course, Sony has already confirmed the new release date. But that apparently didn’t stop the threats. Some have claimed that journalists who reported the threats are simply finding sympathy from readers.
While Sony and Hello Game’s decision may have been disappointing, threatening a person, or even an animal’s life is not a joke, as pointed out by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn, whose cat received a threat after he claimed he agreed to the recent controversial Captain America comic twist. Hopefully, the madness will stop soon. It's likely that the delay will only improve the game for the better, and isn't that what all fans want aside from an early release date?