Hello Games founder Sean Murray has revealed that he’s begun experimenting with new ideas aside from No Man’s Sky
in his spare time.In an interview with IGN about the upcoming Beyond update for No Man’s Sky, Murray explained, “we’re actually now a little bit in that transition period where I’m secretly doing stuff in my spare time as well.”
However, he’s clear about his priority: “But No Man’s Sky is the main thing we’re doing.”
It’s not clear if Murray’s referring to work on The Last Campfire, the ‘Hello Games Short’ adventure game announced last year – although the Shorts idea was announced as a way to strengthen new voices in the studio, meaning Murray’s involvement may be limited.
Those experiments could well be on the more ambitious side. Famously, No Man’s Sky itself began life as an experiment in Murray’s spare time – made under the name ‘Project Skyscraper’ – while Hello Games worked on the Joe Danger series.
The Beyond update arrives for free on August 14, adding VR support, an expanded online offering, and hundreds of tweaks and changes (including creature riding).
Joe Skrebels is IGN’s UK Deputy Editor, and it would be a lovely, circular thing if those experiments were for Joe Danger 3. Follow him on Twitter.