Quote from: Arclight on August 27, 2016, 04:36:11 AM
He said there were parts of the game in the completed version that weren't. That's not dreaming, that's lying. Straight up, he knew what he was saying.
All I've seen him talking about is all of the stuff "You'll be able to do..." which is exactly the kind of thing Molyneux was doing. The most memorable example for many is the acorn thing. For the original Fable, he said you'd be able to knock an acorn off of a tree, plant it and come back years later to see a tree. This turned out to be patently false (at least until Fable II, when there was a mission called "the Golden Acorn"). However, I'm certain that Molyneux was not trying to pull the wool over the gaming public's eyes and say blatantly false things to get people to buy his game, but that he fully intended the acorn thing to be something you could do before somewhere down the line, someone said, "Um, Peter..." and he discovered that it was either impossible to code or was told that with the deadline, you can either have this acorn thing or the character can have arms.
Everything I've seen from the No Man's Sky guy seems to be the same. He's overly enthusiastic about what he wants to do without thinking through about what's going to make it into the final release. Hell, he may still be hoping to add all of this stuff in future patches. Things are cut from game releases at the last minute because they're not quite as ready as the designers hoped they would be. Many designers and studios learn to not talk about all of this stuff for just this reason, but that hasn't happened here.
Even that quote about being blown away by the people meeting already shows that he's got nothing but enthusiasm for the game, but it blew up in his face. It could be he finally got the message that he needed to stop talking. Or, more likely, he needed to focus on patching the game like crazy. There have been three already and talk about more.
I'm not trying to say it's not disappointing or frustrating that the game isn't quite the promised land we were, er, promised. And I get that some folks are mad and need someone to blame. I'm just saying that I don't think the blame should be on Murray for "lying" because it doesn't seem to apply. And, as I mentioned earlier, if legal action gets taken (even if it fails, which is likely), it's going to put a clamp down on creativity. Not just on Murray, but other dreamers, too.