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No Man's Sky Developer Receives Death Threats Over Release Delay

Any serious gamer knows the heartbreak of hearing that a hotly anticipated game has been delayed. But can that heartbreak make you murderous? Apparently it can for some...

Sean Murray, co-founder of Hello Games, the studio behind the most hyped game of 2016, "No Man's Sky", revealed that he has received death threats following the announcement that the planned June 21st release of the game was being pushed back to August 9th.

Obviously his response indicates that he's not taking the threats too seriously, nor should he - after all, anyone who genuinely threatens to kill someone over a delayed video game release is probably not the sharpest knife in the drawer. But however serious these threats may or may not be, it shows the incredible level of anticipation and hype that has built around the upcoming game. According to Forbes, a journalist for Kotaku, Jason Schreier, also received death threats for being the first to report on rumors of the delay before it was confirmed.

If you haven't heard of it yet, "No Man's Sky" is a first-person, space survival/exploration PC and PS4 game set in a procedurally generated universe that is essentially infinite. Players travel from planet to planet, solar system to solar system, exploring an amazingly detailed universe that goes on forever. Describing it in those words doesn't really do justice to how groundbreaking and revolutionary the game looks to be, so check out one of Hello Games videos below.

It's hard to overstate the excitement in the gaming community surrounding "No Man's Sky", so some level of disappointment was to be expected when the release date was pushed back. But death threats?! These threats are almost certainly coming from inept, immature trolls who (wrongly) believe they are protected behind some (false) anonymity granted by the internet. But ignorance isn't a terribly effective defense when committing an act that can, under certain circumstances, be a felony.