Hello Games are free to charge what they like for their games. You don’t have to buy it. The text in its product description at the point of sale could be regarded as constituting a promise of what features to expect in the initial release of the game. Whilst stuff that was mentioned in early interviews did no. Because games like No Man’s Sky change during their development for aesthetic, technical, or business reasons.

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Player anger over No Man’s Sky is unfounded

Quite how anyone felt duped into buying a game that they thought would be multiplayer. When the game was quite clearly marked as single-player on every shelf and website is a mystery to us. Presumably, people are in too much of a rush to read what it is that they are about to purchase. And in many cases blindly preorder before they have any proper idea what 99% of the gameplay entails. And that is the case with No Man’s Sky.

We have twitch.tv so there is no excuse for us to not use it to inform us about the content, quality, and stability of a game. We have mainly seen cool trailers that only show the 1% of the game’s best experiences. It is our responsibility to know as much as possible about a game’s true nature before we part with our money. And if our research shows it crashing on some extended twitch.tv live streams we should wait until the bugs are fixed. Before we even consider a purchase.

No matter how hyped we were for the game, we should wait. By waiting, we’ll get a stable version that may well be enhanced by additional free content at a far cheaper price than at launch. We all have backlogs of games that we have bought some months ago and are yet to start. We may as well give everything six months to shape up. And drop down in price and play the overlooked games that we already have which have themselves been fixed. And enhanced for free in most instances.

Source: Eurogamer

  • Draylynn

    The product description reflected that it had multiplayer on many websites selling the preorder’s, and for some time after too. It has since been amended across the web to reflect it’s ‘single player’ status after it caught global attention… Well, most sites. There are still a few retailers who are advertising multiplayer features – But yes, lets just say everyone blindly rushed in, what tosh!
    There were also interviews right up to the release week where the big question was asked, repeatedly; “Can you meet other players on the game?” “Yes… But the chances of that are incredibly rare, just because of the size of what we are building”.

    What they did was “False Advertising” under consumer protection laws spanning many countries it’s pretty clear cut and legally binding, which is why an awful lot of people were able to exercise their rights to get a refund.
    It was a dishonest and manipulative move that shows just how much the developers care about their reputation, product or customer base… Which is why an awful lot of their previous customer base will likely never touch another product developed or published by them.

    I can’t tell if all the errors in this article are the result of ignorance, laziness or just simply, stupidity.