Hello Games no doubt hoped that their ambitious space exploration game No Man’s Sky would be remembered for the ways in which it broke new ground in the game development industry. Unfortunately, it has only become known for what it didn’t do ever since it released roughly two months ago. Fans took to Reddit to voice their discontent over the game’s missing features and broken promises, and the din of said discontent grew so loud that one moderator decided that enough was enough.
Details on what exactly happened are muddled, but it would seem that all of the moderators who were in charge of running the official No Man’s Sky subreddit (/r/NoMansSkyTheGame) got together to discuss what could be done about the overwhelming amount of toxicity (mainly aimed at Hello Games and how the company supposedly lied to fans) which had flooded the subreddit over the past few weeks.
The mods were torn over whether to simply “purge” the subreddit (i.e. shut it down and wipe it), or allow it to keep going with all posts having to first be approved by a mod. The final decision was left to lead moderator RougeWolf to make, and they decided to go with the nuclear option.
“So I purged the subreddit. It's become a hate filled waste hole of no actual discussion. It's not what we intended it to be and I don't like providing a platform for hate. I'm sorry to everyone who used the subreddit as intended but you are now in the majority.
I'm sure you can find a different place to discuss this game. It's not hard. This was my decision and mine alone. The other moderators tried to sway my opinion but cynicism got the best of me as usual.”
Many among the subreddit’s 146,000 subscribers weren’t happy, and a new subreddit (/r/no_mans_sky) was quickly created so that former /r/NoMansSkyTheGame subscribers would have a place to migrate to. However, the new subreddit quickly turned into a place for people to vent about the old subreddit. Several hours later, /r/NoMansSkyTheGame was brought back online by moderator Sporkicide who said they’d taken over for RougeWolf:
“I know the past few hours have been confusing. I've been reviewing the situation and working with RougeWolf to determine the needs of this community and how the admins can help meet them. He's been an enormous help and I appreciate him working with us during a difficult time. He's going to take a break and has handed the reins over to me to get the subreddit restarted. I've extended invitations to some of the previous moderators to get things started and will likely be needing some additional help.
At the core of things, this is a subreddit and a community centered around No Man's Sky. I'm asking everyone here to participate in good faith and leave any frustration with the recent situation at the door.”
As sad as it is to say, it looks like No Man’s Sky will mostly be remembered for the controversies it caused and the promises it failed to keep, rather than whatever breakthroughs it made in the gaming space.