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The Real Reason No Man's Sky Was Trending On Twitter

Aside from No Man's Sky's next-generation update and other regular updates, No Man's Sky has been out of the spotlight for some time, which is why many were confused when the game began trending on Twitter recently. It turns out the reason why may have something to do with the ill-received and disappointing Cyberpunk 2077.

When No Man's Sky released in 2016, then anticipated by many PS4 owners, it ultimately disappointed many. While not as riddled with bugs to the same degree of Cyberpunk 2077, it ultimately felt somewhat empty and desolate, not quite meeting players' expectations. Players were so upset by No Man's Sky's failure to meet expectations that developer Hello Games' Sean Murray received death threats for even things as small as butterflies that, while present in the game's trailer, were not in the game's final release.

Highly anticipated by many gamers and CD Projekt Red fans, Cyberpunk 2077 launched last week on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. While the game works fine on PC, according to Forbes, and is playable on the PS4 Pro, PS5, Xbox One X, and Xbox Series X, its performance on standard Xbox One and PS4 consoles has been received as abysmal. The game has taken so much flak for its bugs and glitches that Sony elected to remove Cyberpunk 2077 from the PlayStation Store and is offering full refunds.

It isn't necessarily rare for games to not meet expectations. No Man's Sky is merely a recent example of a console game that had issues at launch. In addition, games like Fallout 76 and Amazon's Crucible, which was so bad the developer returned it to its beta phase, were also notorious for game-breaking issues and disappointing features.

No Man's Sky is being compared directly to Cyberpunk 2077 on Twitter, nonetheless. However, it is worth differentiating the developers behind both series. By the time of No Man's Sky's release, Hello Games' portfolio exclusively entailed the Joe Danger series, including Joe Danger, Joe Danger 2: The Movie, and Joe Danger Infinity. While those games were well-reviewed, most of No Man's Sky's anticipation was derived from its showing at various conventions.

Cyberpunk 2077, which things have only gotten worse for, is developed by CD Projekt Red, the developer renowned for The Witcher series. The series' last installment, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, is so highly regarded it is often considered one of the most important games of the 2010s.