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If you though the circus around No Man’s Sky was over, things took a strange turn on social media this week.
Hello Games suddenly tweeted “No Man’s Sky was a mistake” shortly before new EDT Friday. The post was quickly removed, but not before being retweeted over a thousand times.
Obviously they must have been hacked? Well, this is where things take a weird turn.
Polygon claimed Sean Murray himself had taken responsibility for the tweet. In an email to the publication, he writes “The tweet is from me, but somebody from the team took it down. We have not been coping well.”
Murray later appeared on Twitter claiming his servers were hacked. “Server hacked. We’re binging Mr Robot Episodes as quickly as we can looking for answers. Ep05 is a cracker”
Judging by his bizarre language, it seems Murray’s personal account was hacked as well.
Forbes attempted to reach Hello Games by phone, but could not track down the studio’s number. Journalist Erik Kain expressed frustration with the company’s lack of communication over the issue. “Murray now claiming that the email sent to myself and other journalists claiming this was all a disgruntled employee’s doing part of this apparent hack? Or is this merely damage control?”
Sean Murray tweeted again, this time to Hello Games, asking if they were “still hacked and stuff”. Hello Games replied, stating that there were “100% not hacked anymore… obviously those mails and that tweet were fake. Back to work.”
Neither Sean Murray nor Hello Games have issued a official statement as of Saturday morning. Nor have any hacking groups claimed responsibility. Questions remain as to whether this was actually a hack, a disgruntled employee, or Murray himself having a break down.
Both Hello Games and Sean Murray have faced strong criticism over their handling of No Man’s Sky. They have been accused of false advertising as well as releasing the game in a broken state. This is the first time Murray (or someone claiming to be him) has Tweeted anything since August.