A torrential rain storm hit large parts of the UK on Christmas Eve and along with a ton of other homes and businesses Hello Games was hit pretty hard. Hello Games gave a few updates over twitter including: “ – Oh god. Water moves really quick. Hello Games has been totally flooded. Everything in the office has pretty much been lost. – Massive thanks to everyone who tried to help here today. We have learned that laptops float sometimes. – A lifesize cardboard cut out of Joe Danger went floating past face down. Poor Joe. He’s taking this the worst. – Leaving now and letting firemen to help real people (all the houses around us with kids and xmas) – rather than us drowning to save a hdd.” Hello Studios developed the Joe Danger series and is currently developing No Man’s Sky. The Joe Danger series was a set of critically acclaimed platformers with racing elements released primarily through digital markets on consoles and mobile devices. The put Hello Studios on the map, but their newest project, No Man’s Sky, is what everyone’s been talking about ever since they released a teaser not long ago.
There’s not been any word if the damage from the flood has caused them to lose any important data or how far back this will set development. No Man’s Sky looks incredibly ambitious, especially considering that their development team encompasses a whole four employees. Every planet is supposed to be generated procedurally, and once a planet is uncovered it’s available for all the other players online and if you damage its ecosystem it’ll have repercussions. The game also features some serious space exploration and combat, as well as a classic sci-fi look and feel.
As many online have said, hopefully they’d had some good offsite backups and insurance. Rumor’s say that Sony has been sniffing around to grab up the property before the flood, and hopefully this won’t hamper any chances for Hello Games to get the funding they need to finish this massive project.