In the latest bit of drama to hit No Man's Sky, the game's most popular subreddit was brief shut down yesterday by a disgruntled mod.
"So I purged the subreddit. It's become a hate filled wastehole of no actual discussion. It's not what we intended it to be and I don't like providing a platform for hate. I'm sorry to everyone who used the subreddit as intended but you are now in the majority. I'm sure you can find a different place to discuss this game. It's not hard," former moderator r0ugeW0lf wrote in a statement on the site. "This was my decision and mine alone. The other moderators tried to sway my opinion but cynicism got the best of me as usual."
The closure brought with it an explosion of angry comments, many of them on a hastily opened subreddit called no_mans_sky. "That's classic. Just when I thought there was no way there could be ANY less communication about this game this happens," wrote one user.
The original No Man's Sky subreddit reopened within a few hours accompanied by an announcement that r0ugew0lf would be handing the reins over to a new mod. "At the core of things, this is a subreddit and a community centered around No Man's Sky. I'm asking everyone here to participate in good faith and leave any frustration with the recent situation at the door," one of the mods wrote.
Drama is nothing new in the No Man's Sky community. Anger has simmered since the game's release over perceived broken promises; and with Hello Games having been largely silent of late, negativity has continued to swell. Community management is a difficult task in the best of times—even well-received games can be quickly overrun if they aren't managed properly—but No Man's Sky has been a particularly tricky case. From frustration over the inability to meet other players to an investigation by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority, No Man's Sky has been beset by ugly headlines.
In that light, Hello Games has a tall task ahead of them if they wish to get back into the community's good graces. A recent patch addressed some of the game's bugs, and founder Sean Murray has promised that freighters and bases will be coming at some point, though he has not offered a release window. Otherwise, Hello Games has offered little in the way of reassurance that needed changes are coming.
With that, the subreddit's temporary closure mostly serves to highlight a community that has become angry and restive as they await positive news about the game's development. And without clear communication, it's only going to get worse.
We've reached out to Hello Games representatives for comment. We'll let you know if we hear anything.