No Man’s Sky was without a doubt one of the most anticipated games of this year. However, after many months of delay, the space-exploration game was finally released earlier this month to underwhelming results.
Although the game delivered on its promise of 18 quintillion explorable planets, it’s lack of a real story as well as repetitive gameplay has put off a lot of gamers. In less than two weeks, the amount of active players has fallen off dramatically.
According to the above statistics, posted by /u/Skoonk on reddit earlier today, No Man’s Sky has fallen from 157,000 concurrent players to just over 10,000 in the 10 days since release. While players are unlikely to stick around forever, regardless of the game they’re playing, we certainly expected a lot longer lifespan from a game that appeared ready to deliver so much.
Given that the title’s sales dropped a whopping 81% as it entered its second week, it’s hardly surprising.
One possible explanation for the game’s lack of active players might come from the abundance of crashes on the game’s volatile PC port, something that is also present on the console version to a lesser extent. No Man’s Sky‘s stability issues have even prompted some gamers to ask Sony to refund their purchases, creating a dark cloud around the title within the community.
The misinformation allegedly spread by Hello Games is also a cause of much upset to those who eagerly awaited the release of No Man’s Sky. Not only does the gameplay differ from that shown in early trailers, many fans have interpreted a recent statement from founder Sean Murray as suggesting that the game will be getting paid DLC in the future, something that was initially promised never to happen.
Of course it’s still early days for No Man’s Sky, and perhaps in the future, new features will be added that provide a little more variety to the game – but for now, a lack of player interest might be justified. PC players that have managed to get the game working at a decent frame rate have access to the title’s modding community as they begin to release the first No Man’s Sky mods.