Paid DLC is a Possibility for No Man’s Sky

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While No Man’s Sky boss Sean Murray recently told Red Bull that all future content for the game would be free, now it seems like anything is possible for the game’s post-launch content.

Murray slightly redacted his statement, via an interview with the Daily Star. Speaking with the outlet, he said that he was “perhaps naive” when he said paid DLC wouldn’t come to the game.

He also said that it could happen if “maybe in the future there’s some reason why we just couldn’t possibly afford to do a certain feature without charging for it.”

You can find our impressions of the retail version of No Man’s Sky here. Do you own the game, and if so, how do you feel about its pre-launch and post-launch handling?

Brandon Orselli


Owner and Publisher at Niche Gamer and Nicchiban. Outlaw fighting for a better game industry. Pronouns: Patriarch, Guido, Olive.

  1. Heavily Augmented
    Heavily Augmented
    August 18, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    We’ve been waiting for you Sean…

  2. FahBrah
    August 18, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    what a fraud hack

  3. Valwin Mediaz
    Valwin Mediaz
    August 18, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    i feel so cheated by this game

  4. STARSBarry
    August 18, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    am super happy I did not buy into the hype on this one, might pick it up if its 90% off sometime down the line.

  5. GameZard
    August 18, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    You should have seen this happening from miles away.

  6. Raspberry
    August 18, 2016 at 3:53 pm


  7. UnpluggedBeta
    August 18, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    I like how most of what this guy promised is already doable in a game called space engineers; I wonder what their excuses will be in light of this.

  8. Jumanji Joe
    Jumanji Joe
    August 18, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    No Content Sky has been the gift that keeps on giving. I can’t wait to see how much deeper this can go.

  9. Bob Smith
    Bob Smith
    August 18, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Is that the center of the universe?

  10. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    August 18, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    This game really was this decade’s Spore.

  11. Schrodinger's Clit
    Schrodinger's Clit
    August 18, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Gotta add Tim Schafer to that.

  12. Dnetwork7
    August 18, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Funny, there’s also a possibility I’ll never buy this game.

  13. ThatOneGuy
    August 18, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    *little lies starts playing*

  14. Valchior Jenkins
    Valchior Jenkins
    August 18, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    good heavens

  15. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    August 18, 2016 at 4:52 pm


  16. tccboss
    August 18, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Nope nope nope nope nope

  17. No_Good_Names_Ever
    August 18, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    No Mans Honor.

  18. No_Good_Names_Ever
    August 18, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Peter always seemed like he hoped and wanted what was beyond his ability to produce.

  19. No_Good_Names_Ever
    August 18, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    I thought Tim was just a con artist, an ass, and an idiot that only has his team to thank for his fame.

  20. Madbrainbox
    August 18, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    First finish your game before you talk about DLC.

  21. Madbrainbox
    August 18, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    He’s on the Tim list.Together with DJ fish.

  22. Madbrainbox
    August 18, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Spore was fun for a while though.I want a full game that takes the ocean part of Spore and expands on it.

  23. Casey
    August 18, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    A survival game that’s finished?

    What heresy dost thou speakest of?

  24. Madbrainbox
    August 18, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    The fact this game is a survival game is it’s biggest sin.
    I can only hope Egosoft guys get inspired by this and the next X game will have the sense of scale NMS does but with fun gameplay elements.

  25. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    August 18, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Yeah I never got the impression he was just lying through his teeth for the sake of trying to deceive people (like, for example, Randy Pitchford or Keiji Inafune) but rather was just hopelessly naive about what he could actually accomplish with his games.

    Not that he deserves a free pass. You’d think over the years he’d realize that maybe he shouldn’t promise the world like that but he just didn’t.

  26. ConnorORT
    August 18, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    I have no idea what the deal is with No Man’s Sky, can someone share a link with me that details the controversy in full?

  27. kunuri
    August 18, 2016 at 6:16 pm


  28. kunuri
    August 18, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Damn, I was hoping this guy would lose all credibility and never work in the games industry again. I forgot about … all the other ones.

  29. RioSine
    August 18, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    In synthesis NMS was advertised with feature that ended up missing in the release version. Notably the absence of multiplayer

    this reddit post list, several but not all, of the missing feature along with a link to a sony advertisement or a sean murray cite


    To cope for the missing feature, Sean M. Promised there will not be DLC and just patches adding features. then he retracted that claim, as pointed by the article on this site. Thus enraging everyone for lying repeatedly

    In addition, the PC version run with unstable fps, hitches, and is only compatible with processors capable to run the SSE 4.1a instruction, otherwise it crash on startup

    Hope that sum the controversy up

  30. sanic
    August 18, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    I never bought spore but this game set off my spore sense as soon as I saw it.

  31. OldPalpy
    August 18, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Wouldn’t that full game be Flow?

  32. Leandro Teixeira
    Leandro Teixeira
    August 18, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    I’m guessing the ability to see other players will come as paid DLC right?

  33. Etherblaze
    August 18, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    $60 for a game where everything is randomized and nothing has depth. Fly to planet, mine, fly to planet mine, fly to planet mine. No proper multiplayer, basic FPS gameplay, limited inventory space.

    Buyers suffering from regret: “They’ll fix it in the future! They’ll have DLC and multiplayer!”

    Hello Games: “Lol you’ll pay for those DLCs, you stupid cunts. And we didn’t say we’re fixing shit.”

  34. ConnorORT
    August 18, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Thanks RioSine!

  35. Mighty No. 56008
    Mighty No. 56008
    August 18, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Didn’t follow news or updates regarding the game until near the release date, and the game did look interesting to me….but for $60?! And now the incomplete feeling game might charge for future updates as “DLCs”?

    Geez man, I really dodged a bullet with this one. MAYBE I’ll get it when it gets dirt cheap

  36. scemar
    August 18, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    It’s ok Sean, we all make mistakes.

    For instance, the consumers were naive to trust you.

  37. Casey
    August 18, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Really? Cause the whole zombie thing irks me way more. At least mgs 3 had survival elements.

  38. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    August 18, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    It was foolish to trust an indie dev under Sony to be anything but believable, though.

  39. Uncle Slick
    Uncle Slick
    August 18, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    The game is fun, but he seems to lie way too much.

    That said, I’ll probably still buy the DLC.

  40. SinkingSage
    August 18, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    There is Flow, it’s not very deep, but it’s excellent nonetheless.

  41. SinkingSage
    August 18, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Just look at the time…

  42. Nagato
    August 19, 2016 at 12:06 am

    One of the worse things is that it sold precisely because it’s priced at 60 as well, adding the illusion of “value”.

  43. Saskia
    August 19, 2016 at 12:11 am

    This guy is EXACTLY like peter molyneux. Why are all these UK developers freaking lying weirdo creepers.

  44. Saskia
    August 19, 2016 at 12:11 am

    This guy is EXACTLY like peter molyneux. Why are all these UK developers freaking lying weirdo creepers.

  45. Random Dude
    Random Dude
    August 19, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Should be certainity.

  46. Dnetwork7
    August 19, 2016 at 1:06 am

    Of course, it was just a play on words.

  47. bdp
    August 19, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Who’s next to Todd?

  48. Madbrainbox
    August 19, 2016 at 1:40 am

    The ocean part of Spore is not very deep either-pun unintended.
    But it was really fun.

  49. Madbrainbox
    August 19, 2016 at 1:41 am

    First time I hear about this game.Yeah that looks like fun but,sadly,it’s not on PC as far as I know.

  50. Nazzaroth
    August 19, 2016 at 2:06 am

    im impressed that i could be so wrong about a person. i actually thought hes more person and gamer than buisnessman and run of the mill corporate developer.

    hell i dont know yet how the gameindustry works from inside so he might actually have good resons for this.

    but how about before you ask for more money for stuff to put into the game you put the stuff in you promised the 60 dollars would get us?

  51. OldPalpy
    August 19, 2016 at 2:21 am

    Yeah if they wanted to justify that 60 dollars they could have talked about that pircetag going towards free updates the sort of which would guarantee the game a long tail in purchases as said updates attracts in people who didn’t see the base game as being worth 60 bucks. It’s possible he’s being forced to be a businessman here for budgetary reasons but it’s also possible that he’s looking at the sales numbers and wanting to see how far he can get with paid DLC.

  52. OldPalpy
    August 19, 2016 at 2:24 am

    Don’t trust small indie devs who promise games with giant scopes while never going into what the actual meat and potatoes of the game is until right up to it’s release. That’s the lesson that needs to be learned here but I assume a narrative will be pushed that it’s only Sony’s fault.

  53. Kain Yusanagi
    Kain Yusanagi
    August 19, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Because Sony is where the money comes from, and Sony is who does the marketting/marketting budget, so what Sony says, goes. They also have to sign off on all such publicity stunts. There’s a reason the publishers get slammed harder than the devs for marketting snafus. The devs in this case also failed hard on delivering a decent product, even without the hype.

  54. レン
    August 19, 2016 at 9:32 am

    No man’s lie

  55. DrearierSpider
    August 19, 2016 at 10:07 am

    You are so fucking based Heavily.

  56. DrearierSpider
    August 19, 2016 at 10:08 am

    One is Inafune, the other is some SJW cunt from Bioware I think.

  57. Axle Red
    Axle Red
    August 19, 2016 at 10:12 am


  58. Madbrainbox
    August 19, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Thank you.

  59. Lea Pastillaroja
    Lea Pastillaroja
    August 19, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Does Peter really deserve to be there? he always ran his mouth promising the stars and delivering the moon, but he didn’t seem like he was lying like everyone else. he just seemid like a guy who dreamed bigger that what he could acomplish and didn’t know how to keep his mouth shut

  60. SiliconNooB
    August 20, 2016 at 1:31 am

    Fable: The Journey is not a rail shooter” ~ Peter Molyneux

  61. John Smith.
    John Smith.
    August 20, 2016 at 2:54 am

    Don’t have the game so I can’t comment on it, but this seems like a dick move carried out by someone who saw just how much money he could make from paid DLC.

  62. SiliconNooB
    August 20, 2016 at 3:04 am


  63. Asura
    August 20, 2016 at 5:20 am

    From the sounds of it, a lot of the features missing were in the game a few months ago, IIRC in the build shown at E3, but were removed following the delay.

  64. 7-D Sensei
    7-D Sensei
    August 20, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    The question i want to know is did it actually sell well? i wanna know the scope of mindless consumers video games have.

  65. Andrew Krasy
    Andrew Krasy
    August 20, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    No, that will be in No Man’s Sky 2.

    Pre-order now to get a limited edition in-game thingamajig.

  66. Andrew Krasy
    Andrew Krasy
    August 20, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    It’s hiiiiigh-


  67. Leandro Teixeira
    Leandro Teixeira
    August 21, 2016 at 6:28 am

    And the first 100 pre orders will come with exclusive skins for your suit and space ship

  68. catazxy
    August 21, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    well, I tried, its ok for 2 hours…but that’s it …..(uninstall)