Last week it was reported on Kotaku that No Man’s Sky was being delayed (source) and although Jason Schreier couldn’t name the individual/s that passed on the initial information about the delay, he could pinpoint that it was Gamestop who showed him marketing material from Hello Games, requesting that the ‘Out on June 21!’ banners be replaced by ‘coming soon’ banners.
Later that week Hello Games themselves confirmed the rumours and redesignated the release for August 9th. This is pretty standard stuff in the video game world, especially for a game as grandiose as No Man’s Sky. However the way that people reacted to this news, is downright atrocious.
It’s no myth that the internet is full of fucktards. Start up an online game of Call Of Duty, Dota 2, League of Legends or CS:Go and I pretty much guarantee that you will be abused by a complete stranger within a couple of hours. Open any online forum and you are bound to come upon the internet equivalent of a pissed off, badly trained Pit Bull, just waiting for someone to say the wrong thing so they can clamp down their powerful jaws and never, ever let go. For all the good things the internet has done, it has also given these negative assholes a voice and a way to spread their negativity worldwide.
So when Jason Schreier reported that No Man’s Sky was going to be delayed. The internet reacted.
The dumbest thing about all of this? People were pissed off at Jason as if he had caused the delay. As if him writing about the possibility of a delay had somehow manifested itself in some weird journalistic prophecy. Surely, people can’t be that stupid….. can they?
Whether this is a very bad joke or not, making threats of violence is never OK and what’s worse, is this doesn’t appear to be an isolated incident. After Jason took the threats public, head of Hello Games Sean Murray stated that he has also received his fair share of death threats regarding the No Man’s Sky delay
I have received loads of death threats this week, but don’t worry, Hello Games now looks like the house from Home Alone #pillowfort
— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) May 28, 2016
I really don’t have much more to say in regards to this. It is atrocious behaviour and should not be tolerated in any way. The people that sent these threats should be tracked down and held fully accountable for their actions. Journalists should be free to do their job without the threat of violence looming over their heads. They should feel powerful the moment that they hit the ‘publish’ button, not fearful of their actions.
To end on a more positive note though, No Man’s Sky still looks fantastic. And we all have the chance to experience it on August 9th.