UK based Indie developer Hello Games had their office completely ruined and a lot of their work destroyed by a flood on Christmas Eve of all days. Hello Games is the developer responsible for creating Joe Danger and was working on their new game called No Man’s Sky before being hit by the flood.
Studio managing director Sean Murray explained about the extent to which the developer has been hurt. He said:
“We lost all our PCs, laptops, equipment, furniture, dev-kits, work in the blink of an eye, and our insurer (and those of those around us) seem like we won’t be covered, or at least responsibility is unclear. I don’t want to say out loud the value of what we lost, it’s horrible. It would probably fund a small game”
Despite the setback Hello Games isn’t quitting, they’ve set up a temporary office and are back up and running. Murray said:
“Right now we have set ourselves up at a new temporary (cramped!) location. Some of us are working from home. We’ve filled a couple of dumpsters with our old stuff, and built ourselves a make-shift post-apocalyptic set of workstations – but we’re back, full speed!”
“Over the next few months we expect to be in a nice new office, or to rebuild our old one better than ever.”
As for No Mans Sky, one would expect Hello Games to delay the new title but Murray promises they won’t let that happen. On the subject of a delay he says:
“We won’t let that happen!”
The developer seems ready to do whatever it takes to get back on track.
“ If we’ve lost some work, we’ll make up the time. We’ll steal dev-kits. We’ll work on a boat. Whatever it takes (not actual stealing… maybe”
A lot of people have already suggested that the developer start a kickstarter campaign, which to be honest would be a lot of help, but Hello Games is adamant that it’s not the right thing to do, or not right now at the least.
“ it’d probably be a really good time for us to do one, and so many people have suggested it. I just don’t think it’s the right thing for No Man’s Sky right now though, and we’d probably rather not eat than do the wrong thing for this game.”
If you want to help the indie developer you can do so by purchasing Joe Danger, which is available now on the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, Steam and iTunes.
“I promise we’re strong and I hope we’ll come out of this stronger.”
“Not right now, but when we’re old we’ll look back on all this as a highlight. So please don’t be worried for us (Mum), these last few weeks have been ADVENTUROUS.”