After rumours and speculation surrounding the release of Hello Games’ upcoming space-exploration title, No Man’s Sky, the developer has confirmed that the game will no longer see its previously-penned June 21 release date. The game has now been subsequently pushed back to August 9 in North America, August 10 in Europe and August 12 in the UK. Speaking on the official PlayStation Blog, Hello Games’ Sean Murray explained the reason for the additional two month delay, explaining that the decision was taken after realising “some key moments needed extra polish.”
“We understand that this news is disappointing.” Murray continues. “Making this game is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, but we are so close now, and we’re prepared to make the tough choices to get it right…development is genuinely going well. This is the hardest working, most talented team I’ve ever worked with, and I’m so proud of what we’re doing. For all our sakes though, we get one shot to make this game and we can’t mess it up.”
Speculation first emerged as to a possible delay when anonymous sources originally suggested No Man’s Sky was likely to miss its previous June release, to be pushed back to July or August. This was further fuelled by photos of promotional material from game retailers such as GameStop — further sources explaining that retail staff had been told to cover over the release date with temporary ‘coming soon’ stickers.