Following major player backlash over No Man's Sky's numerous missing features, Steam, Sony, and Amazon have started to issue out refunds, regardless of playtime.
Ever since Hello Games' No Man's Sky was released a few weeks ago, what was initially hyped as one of 2016's most anticipated games has turned into something of a disappointment. Echoing Hello Games founder Sean Murray's admission that the space-exploration epic would be "super divisive", some players have been disappointed at the game's missing features and perceived false marketing, to the point where refunds were being demanded. It appears that the player backlash over No Man's Sky has now reached a new nadir as based on new reports, it appears that player refunds requests are now indeed being accepted.
According to a number of posts over at NeoGaF and Reddit, it appears that Steam, Sony, and Amazon U.S. have quietly started to accept refunds requests for No Man's Sky. Interestingly, refunds were being issued out irrespective of the amount of hours that have been clocked up, which goes against Steam's official refund policy whereby a request needs to be made within 14 days of purchase and the game has been played for less than two hours.
Having said that, getting a refund may take some time as some players have reported that it took a handful of tries before their request was accepted. With refunds actually now being handed out, this doesn't bode well for a game that has had its active player base drop by 90% since its release just two weeks ago.
For those who aren't so quick to ask for a refund - such as the player who hasn't left their starter planet - there are a number of changes coming soon for the troubled game. Hello Games are currently working on No Man's Sky's Patch 1.06 and the update will feature a number of stability fixes, some glitch and exploit patches, as well as a series of gameplay alterations.
Based on our own thoughts of No Man's Sky, the game is indeed divisive depending on what players want to get out of it, and regardless of whether players choose to take advantage of these refunds, Hello Games have a lot of work to do in order to win back the trust of its fans. With a fanbase that's rapidly souring on the game, hopefully the developer will be able to deliver some noteworthy post-launch fixes before the window closes.
No Man’s Sky is now available for PlayStation 4 and PC