No Man’s Sky has been released for about 10 days as of this time of writing but the game is now suffering from massive fan dropout.
What I mean by this is that since its launch, the player base of the game has been declining rapidly and a new statistical data has surfaced indicating this.
A Reddit user that goes by the name of “Skoonk” revealed in the game’s subreddit that No Man’s Sky suffered a massive fan dropout; approximately 90% of people who played the game ditched the game for good.
I know pretty well that most gamers will not play any gaming title forever but this is just so surprising given that No Man’s Sky was a highly anticipated game.
What is interesting is that when the game was released, around 157,000 players actively played the game. But, as the data has suggested, the player base dropped to a mere 10,000 after just 10 days since the game’s release.
Furthermore, the recent sales report of the game indicates that the game’s sales dropped by 81% starting its 2nd week.
This happened despite Hello Games releasing three patches that would’ve solved nearly all of the issues that are present in the game.
Now, there are possible explanations for this. One, the PC port of the game was mired with a lot of issues: from the game stuttering to freezing, to a lot of crashes as well.
The Playstation 4 edition, although didn’t suffer as many bugs than that of the PC version of the game, still suffered from some issues as well.
Second, back in the day, Sean Murray, one of the game developers of No Man’s Sky, indicated that they will release DLC updates of the game for free.
Although that received a lot of praises from the gaming community, once the game was released, however, things have changed.
According to Murray, they might charge for future DLC updates as, according to him, it would be impossible to develop the game without any money.
The statement then gained a lot of ire because a lot of people really expects Hello Games to deliver free DLC updates in the future. This probably contributed to the massive decline in the player base.
And lastly, the promotional materials that were used to hype this game up was misleading. The trailer was absolutely amazing and it really amazed me and a lot of people as well.
But, it was short-lived when people have actually played the game. According to most of the players I’ve talked to and even on the game’s subreddit, people were saddened because of the fact that the promotional video was different than the actual game.
Moreover, some planets are pretty much the same only in that some of them are distinguished by a different color.
It is sad to see that No Man’s Sky has suffered from a severe drop out in its player base but these issues are just so hard to overlook.
No Man’s Sky is a space exploration game and is available on the PC and on the Playstation 4 game console.