No Man's Sky is yet another story of a popular game filled with intense hype during pre-launch that suddenly had gone terribly wrong after its official release. For the past couple of months, news and updates following the game's updates have attracted a lot of fans primarily due to its ambitious designs and settings. A lot of people are expecting a record breakthrough upon its release and it turned out they were right - but on a completely opposite scale.
No Man's Sky Is Steam's Lowest Rated Game Ever
No Man's Sky rating was first noticed in a post on Reddit that showed 71, 382 users have reviewed the game with mostly negative votes. Turned out that in the past 30 days, only 12% of the first 5, 000 reviews were generally positive and by this time, 68% of the 71, 000+ reviews are generally negative. As a result, the majority of the community has declared the consensus of the game as "overwhelmingly negative."
What Went Wrong With No Man's Sky?
It would seem that a lot of No Man's Sky players were hyped when the trailer of the game was first released. In the game's official trailer video, the game's settings offer astonishing visuals and gameplay that promises "surreal" exploration for its users. But for only a couple of days after its release, a lot of critics and fans had felt like they were tricked by false advertisement created by Hello Games (developer, publisher) particularly Sean Murray, the current founder of Hello Games. A massive Reddit post detailing the game's missing features (which has now been deleted), clearly shows how advertising and marketing can be misleading to the public.
Due to No Man's Sky overwhelming negative feedbacks, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has already contacted both developers Hello Games and Valve regarding the missing features which were included in the game's trailers. The game's investigations are currently still ongoing but ASA has told Eurogamer that "any ruling would apply to the PlayStation Store listing and other adverts including YouTube videos."
In the wake of No Man's Sky rubble of dismay, the President of Sony Worldwide Studios has this to say:
"I understand some of the criticisms especially Sean Murray is getting, because he sounded like he was promising more features in the game from day one. "It wasn't a great PR strategy, because he didn't have a PR person helping him, and in the end he is an indie developer. But he says their plan is to continue to develop No Man's Sky features and such, and I'm looking forward to continuing to play the game."