Why the gloom? Hello Games won’t ever leave No Man’s Sky behind. It will always be their defining game.
If when they do pause development (and they will), to refresh their creative skills with a new project, we will all be better for it when they return to to it. They have every reason to.
The article comments that,
Murray is attempting to combat creative fatigue at Hello Games by ensuring that the team is only experimenting, prototyping, and building content that excites the staff creating it.
I’m pleased to agree with that. Gee, the Beyond update hasn’t been released yet and that will probably define VR gameplay for the next couple of years. I fully expect Beyond to broaden the content and so increase the appeal of the game to newcomers and their fan base. There should be plenty of ‘play time’ ahead for No Man 's Sky, for its fans to be creative with, while HG focus on other things. Then exciting developments will likely start to be discussed with new vigour.
The gaming community will by then, have established all kinds of fantastic futures for the game they’d love to see implemented and future hardware, may then make No Man’s Sky 2, 'The Dawn of Man’ update a reality.
(My own little fantasy would be to put our own galaxy stars and planets into the game one day. It would be fun to mix things up, in weird and wonderful ways and not paying too much attention to fact. After all isn’t science fiction meant to be fun too. Imagine sipping cocktails on the veranda of your home base, looking across the Horshead Nebula… Or what might be lurking beneath the storms of Jupiter… ‘Sean Murray’ laughing at Star Citizen. O:-)