If you thought Hello Games, makers of No Man's Sky, exhaled and flopped into bed at midnight for a well deserved two-month nap or something, forget it. Even if the game launched today on PlayStation 4, they're still pounding away on the PC version coming Aug. 12.
"The reality is that we're still here working on it right now," Sean Murray, Hello Games' co-founder, said in a Reddit AMA yesterday evening. "We're just racing to get all the extra options and stuff we want." Hello is shooting for a 2 p.m. ET launch of No Man's Sky on Friday, he said.
Murray, who has been through a hellish (and hirsute) month, opened up as best he could about the game in the AMA, which came about two hours after his studio did an official live stream of their completed work. The hype leading into his ambitious space-exploration epic was "terrifying," he said, and the pressure created by those expectations meant he averaged three hours of sleep a night since it was announced at the end of 2013.
"It's [a] Catch-22, if we hadn't announced when we did, we probably would have quit the project without the community supporting us," Murray mused, "but god, should I have passed up [Stephen] Colbert? Or E3? I dunno. Every time we showed the game we always assumed people would suddenly not like it anymore, but instead the hype would just get crazier."
Some players had more technical questions, such as field-of-view options on PC. (Hello is "working on it right now, but every time someone asks we take away one degree of field of view,") or whether the PC and PS4 universes are linked in any way (no; they're on separate servers.)
Someone pointed out that the team appeared to be, as the British tabloids say, "tired and emotional" during the 4 p.m. ET live stream but Murray denied that it was in any way due to inebriation. "Everyone thinks we were high or drunk :(," he wrote. "Just hadn't eaten today, and am operating on zero sleep. It's an OK buzz. 5/10. Would not sleep again."
Murray also recalled an encounter with Elon Musk, the visionary industrialist behind Tesla Motors and SpaceX. Musk asked Murray what he thought the probability was we're all part of someone else's computer simulation.
"So I think he almost certainly is, and then I'm an AI bot I guess?" Murray mused. "In his simulation? Controlled by a giant AI that's smirking to itself whilst I give this answer."