We’ve been worrying a little about Sean Murray’s mental state of late, to be honest.
After spending three years locked in mortal combat with Rupert ‘Voldemort’ Murdoch’s team of legal winged monkeys, over whether anyone in the entire world should be allowed to use the word ‘Sky’ when naming things – we’re all going to have to refer to it as the big blue outside ceiling if Murdoch gets his way – and the inevitable crunch that accompanied announcements of the game’s delay, things have been getting a little weird.
First, there were some very relatable IT problems:
No Windows 10, just because it’s 3.30am doesn’t mean you can update. SOME OF US ARE DEBUGGING
— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) June 16, 2016
Then there were some more fundamental facilities issues:
Electricity is off again at Hello Games, but @davidsream and I have laptops and cannot be stopped
— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) June 17, 2016
And then some more IT issues, followed by some proper Heath Robinson problem solving:
— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) June 22, 2016
Then crunch hit hard:
Me and @davidsream checking in to a hotel at 5am to get a couple hours sleep while a build uploads… total confusion from staff right now
— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) June 27, 2016
And then, well, this:
Things are happening
— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) July 4, 2016
THINGS ARE HAPPENING!
— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) July 5, 2016
— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) July 7, 2016
And we were started to get worried. We pictured him walking around Guildford town centre, wearing hollowed-out bread rolls as moccasins, shouting at the pigeons about the vagaries of procedural generation, and in a calmer moment of reflection, sobbing quietly to himself about profiteroles.
Burnout is a real problem, particularly when you’re attempting something as ludicrously ambitious as Murray and the No Man’s Sky team, and it seemed like he might finally have snapped. And then, mercifully, he posted one final tweet:
It’s happened. No Man’s Sky just went gold. I’m so incredibly proud of this tiny team. 4 years of emotions pic.twitter.com/YJoI6JVgxq
— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) July 7, 2016
Which is great news! No Man’s Sky has finally gone gold, which means it’s gone off for production and will be making its August 10 release date. Well done, Sean Murray, and well done to the team over at Hello Games.
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