Hackers hacked the Twitter, Linkedin and email accounts of No Man’s Sky developer Hello Games. A tweet went out earlier today “No Man’s Sky was a mistake” and was later deleted.
According to Kotaku “No, the tweet was not a hack, but rather a disgruntled employee. The email that we sent however was official.”
According to Polygon “The tweet is from me, but somebody from the team took it down. We have not been coping well.”
Later both (kotaku and polygon) received an email:
No Man’s Sky was a mistake.
I have contacted you because the silence from Hello Games has been unwarranted and unprofessional. The community has asked me to speak up, and I have a confession to make. The game was simply unfinished upon arrival. Our hand was forced by not only Sony, but the community as well. The constant harassment and absolute gross misconduct on the community’s part has made it hard to fulfill our artistic vision, while the pressure from Sony to release the game as soon as possible forced us to cut key features. I want to apologize for what we did not deliver on, as the game does not meet up to what our artistic vision was.
However, we do wish that the community was more understanding of our situation. Many people have asked for refunds despite our promise to continually improve and update No Man’s Sky. We are just a small studio that has poured our blood, sweat, and tears into this project. The complete lack of respect when it comes to the work we have done absolutely saddens not only myself, but the team as well. We want to improve the game to the point we dreamed of it being and beyond.
I hope everyone affected understands,
After some time, Murray tweeted from his account saying that there was a server hack.
If anything was a mistake, it was using Linked In without 2FA.
— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) October 28, 2016
After 6 hours the original tweet was released, and the Twitter account appears to be back under control.
.@NoMansSky 100% not hacked anymore… obviously those mails and that tweet were fake. Back to work ??????
— Hello Games (@hellogames) October 28, 2016
No Man’s Sky was released in August of this year. Due to lot of bad/disappointing reviews, the game’s sub-reddit was shuttered after its moderator calling it a “hate filled wastehole of no actual discussion.”