No Man’s Sky’s concurrency is waaaaaaay up since the launch of NEXT

    
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Beyond what, exactly?

Can’t take the sky from No Man’s Sky. It’s built right into the name, see. You can take the game from Green Man Gaming for a cool $25, however, and that’s exactly what I did last night because that’s cheap, and I wanted it, and I want my kid to have a go at it too because it’s gonna blow his Spore-playing mind.

As VG247 pointed out, I am not alone: SteamCharts is tracking a massive boost in concurrency since the NEXT launch yesterday, over 41,000 people playing. June’s peak, by comparison, was 2000-ish. (Launch was over 200,000, though.)

Polygon called NEXT the “second coming” of the game. The @NoMansPics Twitter account has exploded with eyecandy. The NMS subreddit is filled with weepy gratitude, particularly from people thrilled to finally be playing with distant friends. Steam’s recent reviews have jumped up to “very positive,” but it doesn’t look as if the game will ever live down its overall “mostly negative” ranking thanks to the original 80,000 review spread. Then again, as my guildies demonstrated to me yesterday, that overall “mostly negative” score is wearing some sort of invisibility cloak; they noticed only the big boost to the recents when praising the game.

“Thank you all so much for playing the game, and for giving us feedback,” Hello Games’ Sean Murray tweeted yesterday. “Today has been overwhelming. A build is already being prepped with the first round of fixes and improvements – it’ll hit PC experimental soon.”

One downside so far: RPS reports that the GOG version of the game isn’t getting multiplayer right away; expect it later this year.

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For me the key achievement for this is that the generated worlds feel more distinct, enjoyable, and interesting to explore. I’m having a great time in Next so far.

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Veldan

The Steam reviews have already shifted away from “mostly negative”, I just checked and it says “mixed”

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Sorenthaz

Unfortunately the GMG copy sold out, so I simply bought it off Steam and had it download overnight. Definitely looks and sounds like it’s improved quite a bit since the ‘No Man’s Buy’ period of 2016 when it first launched.

Still hearing it’s pretty shallow though?

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deekay_000

>Still hearing it’s pretty shallow though?

can’t be any worse than elite right? :P

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I wouldn’t know since I haven’t touched Elite.

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niether have i, but friends that play it (and enjoy it for what it is) seem to indicate that more or less openly. i mean it is what it is, a series of shit grinds…

in the mean time i’m seeing what nms will be, and again it’s proving to be far from a space sim but it’s certainly catching my eye for now.

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Cosmic Cleric

Still hearing it’s pretty shallow though?

The exploration so far has been nice, not shallow at all. And I’m meeting new npcs and such, so, so far, so good.

I’ve only been playing for 13 hours so far, and the exploration has been fun, but the base building seems more fun in Astroneer, though Astroneer’s is much more simplistic.

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BalsBigBrother

For those folks who are butt …. um upset about not having multiplayer on the GoG version you have a few days to claim a refund if you feel that strongly about it regardless of when you purchased the game.

Thumbs up to GoG for taking the hit for the sake of customer satisfaction :-)

We know that many of you expressed disappointment about the lack of the new multiplayer feature in the latest update to No Man’s Sky on GOG.COM. While we have limited control over games and content updates, we want you to have the best and risk-free experience possible when you buy a game on GOG.COM.

Although Hello Games chose not to offer refunds over missing game content to our users and instead promised to bring the missing multiplayer content later this year, we understand that some of you might not be willing to wait. For this reason, entirely at GOG’s own cost, we’re offering an extended refund policy for all owners of No Man’s Sky. Even if your purchase is no longer covered by the 30-Day Money Back Guarantee, you can contact our customer support team and we’ll issue a refund in wallet funds.

This extended refund policy applies to all owners of No Man’s Sky on GOG.COM who request the refund by this Sunday, July 29, 10:00 PM UTC.

Source: https://www.gog.com/news/extended_refund_policy_for_no_mans_sky

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Brother Maynard

Oh, so Hello Games decided to screw its customers again, this time with missing content on GoG and refusing refunds over it…

Good to see that S. Murray and the team got their act together. Because why wouldn’t they hype this expansion and then ship a patch that – selectively on one platform – does not contain one of its key features?

Man, that company and especially S.M. are pathetic…

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probably taking advantage of steamworks like it’s 2012 and he’s got a steam only game or something.

meanwhile we’re living in 2018 and we can’t even play “cross platform” within PC alone. wtf lmao.

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Schmidt.Capela

The multiplayer uses Steamworks, yes. When you try to invite someone it opens Steam’s friend list on the Steam overlay.

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that’s not the problem. we see with ubisoft steam works can be integrated into 3rd party systems.

the problem is they locked out all us gog customers on the same “platform” essentually.

i’m not sure even with the refund bsuiness that gog isn’t ultimately resposible for this since gog seems to be an afterthough for them but… at least it’s something.

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Estranged

Pathetic? Could you develop and release such a game? Just curious.

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Brother Maynard

What does the development of a game have to do with the way Sean Murray keeps up his usual crap, starting with hypes in interviews and then screwing over his customers (and his business partner, GoG)?

Granted, in this case he did not take a dump on all of them, just on a non-negligible number of them, but that’s hardly praiseworthy, is it?

I’m honestly amazed how some people are willing to make all kinds of rationalisations for this shady guy – you know, ‘fool me once…’ and all that. Especially when he does basically the same thing as in 2016 all over again.

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Estranged

LOL

What did he overhype this time? The patch is a huge success.

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Bruno Brito

I’ve seen better RPG Maker games.

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agemyth 😩

No, you haven’t.

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Dug From The Earth

I feel bad for all those people who bought the game on GoG.com

The DRM free version of the game wont be getting multiplayer until later this year. DOH

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On radar.

Always been like this i find a game i like, then i dive deep.

Warframe is a bottomless ocean atm, and with what’s on the horizon, i’m going to need a submersible.

Always need a game i can fall back on when you get the not feeling it night, was thinking conan exiles and probably will be. This as second slot, meh that be too much space, need some flesh to rip through /little conan pun there.

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Robert Mann

It is great that people are finally getting the game they were promised. Now, if the developer can moderate themselves with their next effort (hopefully they make more games) they may earn some major trust back.

That said, I’ll be vary wary of their offerings. I may buy NMS at some point on sale here, and I may not. I have not decided yet. However, given their hype machine on it… you can bet I’ll take the “Wait and see” approach again for at the least 1 game if they do make something new. The outright lies were apologized for, and forgiveness is always possible, but they have to earn that trust back.

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Armsbend

It’s a nice comeback story right now. I’d enjoy watching Hello Games re-tool, sincerely learn from past mistakes and go on to become a great developer. There certainly is talent there – it is just the anti-hype overshadowed it to such a great degree.

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CasualSlacks

I think the lessons are 1) knowing that everything you ever publicly say about your game while in development will be considered a promise set in stone and also 2) that once you get big money from a publisher to exponentially expand your indie game, spend some of it on a veteran PR person.

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Frank White

Well, let’s be clear on this: if you say that something will “definitely” be in your game, that IS as good as a promise, even if you don’t actually use the word “promise.” They deserved every bit of acrimony they got. I’m glad to see, though, that in the end they had the integrity to keep putting a lot of work into the game to make it better.

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I was going to write a bunch, but I’m editing myself. Bottom line: do you think Murray lied or do you think he failed to communicate what would be in the product at launch? If you think lied, in your opinion, what was his motivation? If you don’t think he lied, wouldn’t you agree that he needed someone to look over his should and say, “That’s not going to be done in time. Don’t announce that feature.”

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Frank White

I don’t know what their motivation was, aside from obviously wanting to make lots of money – because presales of the game were through the roof – but they obviously failed miserably to deliver on their promises. And maybe there was someone there to urge restraint, but if they were Murray obviously wasn’t heeding their advice.

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So, despite two years of producing significant, free updates, with more to come, by putting the profits they’ve made from the game back into dramatically improving the game, you still presume that Sean Murray had malicious intent when announcing the game’s features before the launch candidate was complete. He stroked his infamous beard and thought, “My career will be ruined and my reputation trashed, but I’ll have some money!” Not for a moment will you consider that he screwed up badly as a spokesperson for his studio and failed to hype his game responsibly.

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Frank White

First off, I never said he had been purposefully “malicious.” You’re putting words in my mouth. But did he lie? Yes. Beyond any doubt, in my opinion. He was claiming right up until near the game’s launch that all these various wonderful things would be in the game, and there’s no way he didn’t know by that point that they wouldn’t be. Also, it’s clear that he didn’t mean that many of those things would be in the game at some distant point in the future, a year or two after launch. So if you’re trying to argue that he was 100% honest about everything that would be in the game, but he just didn’t mean they would be in the game right away, I’m not buying it. If you choose to believe that, that’s up to you.

But I have no problem believing that he was inexperienced and in over his head. Sure, I’ll give you that. And I’ll even go one step further and say that Sony should probably also be held accountable for it all. They’re a giant company with piles of money and lots of highly experienced PR people at their disposal and they could have stepped in at any point to help out. Instead, they stood on the sidelines and then passed the buck when everything went to shite.

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Cosmic Cleric

Bottom line: do you think Murray lied or do you think he failed to communicate what would be in the product at launch

Angry Joe review, pointing out the lies, in detail.

He didn’t omit info, he gave false info.

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Believe me. I’ve seen it. All the anti-NMS content was hard to ignore. I even enjoyed the game for what it was (not for what I hoped it would be) when it launched. I found it hard to keep enjoying the game amidst all the seething negativity surrounding it. It was like a year later and the subreddit was still just a bunch of low-effort hate posts. But I follow Angry Joe and I’ve seen his video. I also followed the game through its myself and made my own conclusions before spending money. Personally, I don’t believe developers; I don’t believe publishers; I don’t believe hype. I believe people who’ve played the game I’m considering buying. Brad Shoemaker over at Giant Bomb played the game like a month before launch and failed about it on their podcast. My final decision to buy was based on that since he confirmed some of my hunches.

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Estranged

Why should I care what someone called Angry Joe has to say regarding Sean?

How about Pissed Off Patricia?

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angry joe does little but regurgitate what he feels will be popular from game forums and game specific subreddits.

and add an awkward comedy sketch shtick angle to it all.

on top of that he willfully spoils any games with story in his so called reviews.

not sure why game companies still partner with him.

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Bruno Brito

The comedy shtick is an acquired taste, i like it a bit but they are pretty corny.

Saying that Joe does little but regurgitate stuff isn’t accurate by any means. I just feel he has a bit more popular way of directing his criticism. He’s not much for showing a completely professional outlook, it’s a bit more “light”hearted, if i would say.

I do agree he goes a bit over the top sometimes. He’s not TB nor he is MMOGrinder, but he’s ok in his own way.

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Cosmic Cleric

The comedy shtick is an acquired taste, i like it a bit but they are pretty corny.

Having grown up on comedy shows of the 70’s (Carol Burnett, Monty Python, etc.), his shtick is right up my alley, which is probably why I enjoy watching him so much.

And say what you will, I’ve never seen him lie or misrepresent anything he states, his opinions seem to be based on truthful fact (if interpreted so by his own personal neurons, that is).

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Frank White

And no doubt you have lots of facts to back up that assertion…

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Soon as she (he?) puts up some you tube videos, let me know.

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why woould ui let you know that?> i don’t pay attention to them. i’;ve got them in my face enough as it is. geez louise thomas realax bruv.

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Bruno Brito

Why should I care what someone called Angry Joe has to say regarding Sean?

I don’t know what happened to you Estran, but you going at such a surface level tells me a lot. Specially since you’re defending this game from people which you believe are criticizing what you like at a surface level.

AJ may be a bit over the top but he’s accurate in his reviews. While i don’t use reviews for my be-all end-all opinion, i think that having other opinions is a nice way to make up your mind.

You disconsidering Angry Joe, a known and respected critic, with such a shallow remark is pretty weird, considering you’re pissfightning everyone in this thread that speaks anything bad about NMS.

Maybe you loved the game. Your choice. No one has to like what you like, and the game did launch with a shitload of issues and false promises. If YOU didn’t care for that, well, that’s like…your opinion, man.

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agemyth 😩

You disconsidering Angry Joe, a known and respected critic, with such a shallow remark is pretty weird, considering you’re pissfightning everyone in this thread that speaks anything bad about NMS.

You know that Youtubers/streamers are literally paid by developers/publishers to “review” games, right? I don’t know how anyone can respect someone as a “critic” when some of their opinions are openly influenced by money. If you just enjoy their content, sponsored or otherwise, that’s fine. You can’t be a respected critic in that line of work though.

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Cosmic Cleric

You know that Youtubers/streamers are literally paid by developers/publishers to “review” games, right?

While I agree with you on this point, that most do (and I wish everybody demanded that YouTubber declared publicly on the video that they are being paid for it), Angry Joe has totally trashed game products before (like NMS), so much so that I can’t imagine ANY game company paying for that kind of abuse.

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Frank White

SOME Youtubers/streamers are paid to review SOME games, and the good ones let us know when content is sponsored. How about not resorting to hyperbole? But what exactly is the point in the context of discussing this game? Would you have us believe that DOZENS of reviewers and people who actually played the game, and all the video that exists from the time proving that all kinds of things were promised to be in the game that weren’t, is it really all just a big conspiracy to smear Sean and the game? Sorry, but that’s completely divorced from reality.

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Estranged

Bruno, nah, I’m just tired of reading the same ole comments for two years.

The negative vibes around here just suck sometimes.

The horse is beaten, is a bloody pulp. Why not discuss the improvements?

These people act as if Sean murdered their family.

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Cosmic Cleric

Why should I care what someone called Angry Joe has to say regarding Sean?

He states facts (in a showmanship sort of way, but still), catching Sean at lying, maybe?

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Estranged

Cosmic – Oh hell, the launch was a cluster, anyone could see that man.

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Cosmic Cleric

Yep. I stayed away from the game, having bought it at 58% off just recently, for the Next update.

But still, Sean was caught lying, big time, IMHO.

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StonerMk2

I honestly never thought id hop back into this game after the massive disappointment it was at launch, but im definitely having fun with it now, they’ve come a long way and hopefully they can keep it going.

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Castagere Shaikura

This game reminds me of a bad mmo launch. Lets hope it keeps getting better with time.