As you might have heard, Hello Games’s No Man’s Sky has been delayed. It was made official when the dates for the game’s release was changed on Sony’s website in which it now reads the 9th of August instead of a June release like what had been initially expected. However there was no explanation for the delay, at least until now.
Sean Murray from Hello Games wrote a post on the PlayStation Blog in which he explained the reasons for the delay. According to Murray and as expected, the reason for the delay was due to the additional polish that they felt that the game needed in order for it to live up to its hype and potential.
“However, as we approached our final deadlines, we realized that some key moments needed extra polish to bring them up to our standards. I have had to make the tough choice to delay the game for a few weeks to allow us to deliver something special.” He also adds that things are moving on pretty well so it looks like beyond the initial delay, it should still meet its new 9th of August date.
Murray added on Twitter that due to legal reasons, they could not announce the new dates until just recently. “Sorry I haven’t been able to say anything til now. With retail games, there are legal/external reasons why you can’t talk freely about dates”. In any case better late than never, right?