Hello Games has been very busy since the release of No Man’s Sky, updating the game so extensively that GameSpot has reviewed it three times, increasing the score from a 7/10 to a 9/10 along the way. The studio has recently released The Last Campfire, a smaller adventure with no planetary exploration. Now the studio is looking to the future, and work on a new, bigger game has begun.
Talking to Polygon, Hello Games studio founder Sean Murray has talked about what the company is doing now, saying that they’re working on “a huge, ambitious game,” similar to No Man’s Sky. Murray, who used to work at EA and developed “lots of sequels,” is keen to make another exciting project, saying that Hello Games formed to make the games they “always wanted to make”.
Murray says that No Man’s Sky came about as the result of “a little bit of a midlife crisis,” and that The Last Campfire was made by just three people (the studio is made up of 26 employees). Half of the remainder of the team has been working on the team’s next project, which is meant to be a big one.
Murray also reflects on the path No Man’s Sky took to release in the article, saying he’s glad how things ended up with the game after a rocky beginning. “Where we’ve ended up with the game, where we have hundreds of millions of hours played and a really happy community and all of that kind of thing, you know, I’m OK with that deal that we did,” he says.
“I reckon about half of what we did–and a lot of where we had problems, I think, where we were naive–we didn’t really need to do and we would have had the same level of success,” he reflects on the game’s early press opportunities. “A lot of opportunities were put in front of us, and we were told that they were the right things to do and I look back and I’m not sure that they were super, super important to the overall outcome kind of thing.”
Murray does not share any specifics of the next project, and judging from these quotes, it might be a while before Hello Games reveals it.
The latest major update to No Man’s Sky was Desolation, which added spooky abandoned spacecraft to the game.
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