Former Sony Executive Defends Sean Murray, Accuses Critics of Throwing Him “Under the Bus”

Alessio Palumbo
Posted Nov 28, 2016
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Shahid Kamal Ahmad, a former Sony Executive who recently went indie (he is now the Director of Ultimatum Games and working on an unannounced video game backed by Tesseract Interactive, according to his LinkedIn page), published a series of tweets yesterday defending Hello Games’ Sean Murray.

As we all know, Murray and the development team as a whole received a significant backlash after the release of No Man’s Sky. The highly anticipated indie game launched for PlayStation 4 and PC in August 2016 but after the initial hype, there was a tremendous amount of refund requests due to the game’s unfulfilled promises.

The former Sony Executive, who worked as Senior Business Development Manager and Director of Strategic Content before leaving the company, defended Murray saying that he was “crucified by so many who don’t know him” and that he has “more talent, vision, drive and termination than all the hateful mob together”.

He then turned his attention to “turncoats”, adding that Murray and the rest of Hello Games just kept working on No Man’s Sky rather than doing vacations as pictured by some.

It seems like Ahmad was mostly referring to critics. These tweets embedded below, where he criticizes the new category of “unprofessional critics”, are particularly telling.

This comes just after Hello Games released the massive Foundation 1.1 update for No Man’s Sky. There are now three different rule sets to choose from: Normal mode is the one you’re already accustomed to, while Creative Mode allows players to explore the universe without limits, and build a huge base; Survival mode, on the other hand, changes the game through a much more challenging “endurance experience”.

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According to Hello Games, this is just the first in a series of free updates coming to No Man’s Sky. Did you try the Foundation update yet and if so, how much did it improve the game in your opinion?

Let us know in the comments.

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