Hello Games Flood Update: No Man's Sky Development Will Continue as Planned
It has been three weeks since a devasting Christmas Eve flood destroyed the Hello Games office in Guildford, England. In a blog post today, Managing Director Sean Murray finally addressed the situation, answering several of the questions he has received via Twitter. While he didn't want to say the exact financial loss the company sustained, he did call it "horrible" and enough to "probably fund a small game." The studio lost all of its "PCs, laptops, equipment, furniture, dev-kits, [and] work in the blink of an eye."
Hello Games is working out of a temporary location for now, with a few members working from home. Due to some hard work and dedication, the team was able to release Joe Danger Infinity on January 9th as planned, but the fate of No Man's Sky had not been addressed until now. Sean says that the studio will not let a delay occur – though when an estimated release date has never been stated, that's not a hard thing.
There are also no plans to turn to Kickstarter to help fund the game as some people have suggested. For whatever reason, Sean says he doesn't think it's "the right thing" for No Man's Sky; at least for now. Sean goes on to say that the best way to support the studio is simply to buy Joe Danger games – and with Joe Danger 2 included in the Humble Indie Bundle X, you can always choose to send all your funds Hello Games' way, if you're so inclined.
While the flood was obviously a heartbreaking experience for Hello Games, it seems Sean and his team are remaining positive and will come out of it just fine.
Source: Hello Games