No Man’s Sky Reception Addressed by Sony Worldwide Studios Chairman

Shawn Layden discusses the disappointment.

Posted By | On 04th, Nov. 2016 Under News

No Man's Sky

In case you were wondering, the tyre fire that is hatred towards Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky is still on-going. In the midst of all this, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Worldwide Studios chairman Shawn Layden spoke about the reaction to the game and the current on-going controversies surrounding it.

Appearing on Live with YouTube Gaming (thanks Neogaf user black070 for the transcription), Layden said that Hello Games had “incredible vision” and “very huge ambition” for only having six people develop it. This is keeping in mind that some features that were hyped didn’t launch with the main game.

Layden also noted that with the team is “still working on it. They’re still updating it. They’re trying to get it closer enough or closer to what their vision was. I played a lot when it came out.

“I think Hello Games, Sean Murray and his team, had an incredible vision on what they were going to create. Something never done before. And a very small team had a very huge. ambition. Now, they’re still working at it. They’re still updating it. They’re trying to get it closer to what their vision was. I played a lot when it came out.
I think what we learned from that is that we don’t wanna stifle ambition. We don’t wanna stifle creativity. We don’t wanna put people into slots where they must execute against an action adventure path or a fighting path or a shooting path,” he stated.

The ambition of the team was still praised and Layden noted that “nobody in development wants to say that they can’t do a thing, right? No one wants to tell someone “No I can’t do that for you.” People are really trying. I think looking at the different industries in which I had the privilege of working, the gaming industry is where everybody has the courage to say “yes.” And they want to try to realize their ambitions. They want to try to make that vision. No one slinks away from a huge challenge. And some times you just don’t get all the way there at the first go.”

Your take on it? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Psionicinversion

    they still dont get it. The gameplay is the most boring dull gameplay ive ever played. maybe if they didnt focus so much on 18 quintrillion planets which is a waste of time they should of focused on something smaller and do it well rather than taking something big and do it poorly

  • kma99

    Last week you condemned the game now you damage control it.

    • who cares, its video games.

    • kma99

      If you pay 60 dollars for an indie and the developers lie to you, i think you would care.

    • I did and I moved on. If they took my life savings i would carry my anger to the grave.

    • kma99

      Ok and so should sony. If you moved on shouldn’t they? They bashed hello games now they are trying to justify them lying to all the people who believed in their product.

    • I don’t really see how Sony bashed them, Shu basically said they were a small outfit without an experienced PR department, that’s hardly a bash. If anything Shu was justifying how they lied in his statement. Hello Games is the whipping boy here, I get it, but this is nothing new to the game industry. Several other game developers have done exactly the same even with a PR department on the payroll. Everyone just needs to trade in their game, cut their losses and move on.

    • kma99

      So sony treating this game as a first party game and tap dancing on stage at every E3 doesn’t sound like sony lied at all? They handles all advertising and they have a quality control dept that test games before they launch and you mean to tell me that they had no idea this game was in this state? Come on now!

    • Sony promoted it but they didn’t develop it or test it. Hello games hired QA people. You seem to be more mad at Sony than Hello Games. Sean Murray is the one who was hyping it Sony just got him the interviews and stage time.

    • kma99

      Dont care who developed it sony still knew what the product was and had the option to deny it’s release on the console. What do u think quality control is for. Stop making excuses for sony allowing this mess of a game to release on their platform especially at that rediculous price.

    • Defending Sony? How do you even remotely think Sony is the one responsible? Hello games developed it, hyped it and oversold it.

    • kma99

      Ok listen carefully. Sony said themselves that they were treating the game as a first party exclusive. They were there to oversee the project. They aren’t simply gonna allow some small company to run amuck on sonys dime. They knew good and well what was going to be in that game and still allowed it to be the broken game that it was and still is.

    • Bad Wolf

      kma99 Don’t waste your time on this guy a drone will always believe Sony lies and misleading.

    • kma99

      It shows.lacks common sense.

    • crazy_black_man-

      What a whining nagging little bizzich you are. Get yourself a tranny husband already.

    • kma99

      Sorry but i dont date other men. You shouldn’t be flirting with people over the internet. Nasty freak

    • crazy_black_man-

      LOL. You don’t date them? In other words they don’t need to buy you dinner first.

    • kma99

      Sorry i have a fiance. Maybe one of your sony drone friends will take up your offer. Lol you drones throw the weirdest temper tantrum


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