Hello Games, the developer of the lovable Joe Danger series and upcoming sci-fi epic No Man’s Sky, has been hit by flooding, destroying everything in the indie developer’s office. - PSLS
Yeah I read this on their twitter feed. It sucks.
Wow, Merry [email protected]#kin Christmas, that sucks.
Inside job to get more publicity and launch a Kickstarter. Lol just kiddin. Although it makes sense.
Oh well. Shit happens. Get up get over it. And it ain't sad... It's unfortunate. No lives were lost these developers could walk into any studio and get a job. Think about the families who have ah loved ones killed on Christmas Day that's a sad story. Some business getting flooded is nothing to shead a tear over
Yep I hope their data is backed up and safe also hope they are fine as well :p.
Sad news...just in time for the holidays.
Insurance, backup, and everyone surviving, please?! More info!
No backup it appears.... They talked about not wanting to go back in HDD I am calling lower your expectations highly delayed or cancelled
If I were Sony, I would be paying for professional data recovery on those hard drives. That's a whole lot of time and effort down the drain. It has to be worth the price of data recovery.
Is this a first for N4G? zero disagrees, that's is very uncommon On topic this is VERY sad news, I SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO it's not all a total loss
One of the few games that looks just amazingly promising and this happens....:-( Not cool This is the type of thing that should happen to Superman 64, not this game.
oh damn, saw the pics from guilford and... i've never seen it flood there before and when I'm not at uni I go there all the time... This is such a shame.
Surely they have off-site backups? :(
So the one good thing at the VGX could be gone?
Not really, they can just make it again, although it will take a while. Just hope they had it backed up or something, its sad when company's gets it data completely wiped.
That's pretty wierd, I thought the basic rule when working as a dev is always having an external hard drive and sync it every day with the main drive before leaving.
Agreed, you'd have to be totally insane to pump so many hours of hard work into something and not have it backed up at least once. Even if they lost all their work they seem to be a very talented bunch and very passionate about their games, so as long as no harm came to the devs its all good imo. Good luck to them whatever happens.
They probably did, but it was probably locked away at the office or something over xmas and flooding.... would probably have gotten all that stuff too-don't forget they are a small like 15 man team (I think) :/ might even be smaller...
Most studios use things like perforce or alienbrain to back up all their data to off-site servers.
Not sure why you get a disagree. We're using perforce in our company.
I am just a hobbyist game dev and I do these things, any major game dev will probably have multiple backup solutions and version control systems.
Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo should help them fund this game or something. It sucks to hear this happening to a four man/woman team. Hopefully they didn't lose any valuable data and they had back ups. Would love it if some big publisher/developer helps them out though, especially since Christmas is tomorrow...Help them out!!!
That would be nice... But I think we'd be hard pressed to find a publisher who would help them without any strings attached.
Yea that's true, which sucks. Probably they would ask for exclusivity deals or something =(. Sucks for Hello games though, on Christmas Eve this happens to them =(
If one of the big three helps them out without strings attached,I will have so much respect for whoever will help these guys get back on track again. Such a shame,the best of VGX went down the drain ... :(
Learn from this experience and get a back up computer for secure purposes or get some more backup files
Huge bummer! And on Christmas Eve of all days. Hope all is well and they bounce back quick
Heard this excuse before. Project zomboid anyone?
Are you being horrible for the sake of it or does it come naturally?
Excuse? Having 2 laptops stolen when not properly prepared is a hell of a lot different to having your entire office engulfed by water in a random act of nature. Pretty sure they have backups or they'd likely have said something on twitter.
They are similar in the fact that neither actually happened.
Neither actually happened? Are you insane? The Zomboid guys caught back up on the lost time as quickly as they could and massive chunks of Guildford ARE flooded, including where Hello Games are based. It takes a tiny amount of research to confirm that. Holy crap. People have no grasp on reality at all. How is it easier for people to believe foul play or conspiracy when a well documented event has just taken place?
Right, keep spewing nonsense. How convenient that neither company could live up to expectations and suddenly both "lose" all of their work.
krontaar is totally right, this "flood" story was concocted by these developers in order to not make their game. We all know that you can't just stop making a game, you have to have an elaborate cover story to hide the fact that you can't make the game you were making. I mean duh! Bet their celebrating now that they don't have to make a game people had interest in. Because...you know...that's what you do...right? Its not like they could have completed work on a concept that is, in reality, quite a few years old at this point.
How to get news from a primary source: Step 1. Process the information as you read it. Step 2. Translate it into shenanigans worth snarking about. Step 3. LIZARD PEOPLE (Really, Krontaar? Really?)
Living near guilford, and having seen the photo's of whats happened which is pretty much unprecedented aswell-I doubt they are lying we're talking anywhere even remotely near the river is probably at least 3-5ft under water which is ALOT..... In some photo's the bridges which are raised considerably higher than the river can't be seen anymore save for the tops of the barriers... so this really isn't their fault bar that they whould ideally hve had some kind of backup although depending on how complex the stuff was (seeing as they were going to use procedually generated content) it might well have been backed up but just kept on site (a mistake however in an area that hasn't seriously flooded to this extent to my knowledge certainly in living memory if not longer...)
They didn't lose all their work. Even in the case of Zomboid thry just reverted to an earlier versuon - it wasn't 100% gone. Zomboid is OUT (early access, much more developed than the version they lost.) I was just playing it! And NMS is almost certainly has no problems at all other than a short period of developer distraction. They have backups. Jeez. Seriously? Are you trolling? Please tell me you're trolling! You're seriously saying they - after specifically seeking publicity for a game that nobody knew about until VGX.. Got cold feet and were looking for some way out of the responsibility - so they decided to flush thousands of man hours down the toilet because.. Reasons. Then they saw that their neighbourhood was flooded and threw all their hardware in? The perfect plan!!! Or are you accusing them of using it as an excuse to just lie about it despite the fact that the neighbourhood was definitely 100% verifiably flooded? Are developers immune to flooding now? There are no words for how stupid that is.
Reminds me of when a power outage occurs in Game Dev Story lol. I got mad when that happened can imagine something like that happening in real life. Hope the game is not hit hard
WHAT!?! That's devastating :( sure they can rebuild the game, but that doesn't change the fact they've probably lost thousands of man hours into their work and all their personal data has probably been lost as well. Poor guys, hopefully they start a kickstarter or something to raise funds to stay financially afloat and keep the project going. Probably one of the most promising upcoming developers. No Man's Land will make them huge if it lives up to what we saw at VGX. I wonder if that Robert guy from Star Citizen can help gather his backers to help out these guys. Considering he has a huge community of PC space gaming enthusiasts, I wouldn't be surprised if they gave a helping hand.
No man's Sky*, my bad.
If they had a kickstarter I would not hesitate to give up a hundred or two to them and I know a few people who would at least give a hundred. Hopefully they backed it up.
I have a feeling some bigger companies will help them out some how.
That's really unfortunate. Hope they can rebuild soon. They don't deserve this.
so they have absolutely zero backups, offsite. no way.
Ish, that's crappy.
we all know they were busy "playing" the game >_> http://25.media.tumblr.com/...
Very suspect.... I don't know you think maybe these guys over promised on the game and couldn't deliver so they decided to "flood" their studio?? I know, I know I thought I hit you all with some illuminati, conspiracy for the holiday season. I really, really hope they have this game backed up somewhere on something. And yes I agree with a poster above, Sony/Nintendo/MS should be racing to these guys rescue.
I think like you in that regard hell in highschool they told us over and over to save our material big projects/websites/scripts afterwards it becomes second nature to save or risk losing everything it's crazy to think these guys did all that and didn't have a backup
Guildford was definitely partially flooded. Im more concerned for the neighbouring families (as im sure they are too).. Im pretty sure they'll have backup. http://www.guildford-dragon... A shitty xmas for them though. :(
You're are an idiot maniacmayhem. Most of Kent is flooded right now. You know the thing t=you are on called 'the internet'?. It allows you to look stuff like this up and not look like an absolute numpty conspiracy theorist.
It's called a joke sh#thead which is why I said: "I know, I know I thought I hit you all with some illuminati, conspiracy for the holiday season." Which was followed by "I hope they have the game backed up," meaning I know what happened. Take the bright holiday stick out your arse and cheer up mate or bloke or whatever you all say out there.
England was hit by a pretty severe storm and a lot of people have had trouble. Most of my fencing is down from it. They're not making it up, how is it suspect?
Most of the uk has been hit. Wales, Scotland and England. A village not more than 3 miles from where I live has flooded, all the storm drainage has overflowed due to the sheer amount of precipitation we've had these last few days. Absolute nightmare before Christmas, but people are helping each other, as bad as it is, times like these when you realise that communities are there for each other. OT : I'm sure they had external backups or the twitter post would have mentioned the fact that they had lost everything.
Yeah sorry, I should have mentioned the UK as a whole really, I just said about England because of where Hello Games was based, but everywhere has been hit badly.
Or, you know, you could learn what humour is you lemur licking animal shagger.
That really sucks, but the game looked boring as hell...
This why we must all accept the clouwdz, they are our savior!
hope sony/ms and nintendo along with other publishers team up and provide some funding. That way the game could be co-published and be on every platform
bad news indeed but to be honest the game looked utter crap.
Man, i love their game so i knew their pain when flooding destroyed your stuff / property. Because in my country, flooding is a yearly event. It's really really sucks to clean up your house every single f*kin year when the floods came. I hated my government too who always gives empty promise about prevent this disaster, but turns out they did nothing :(
Merry Christmas to all at N4G keep up the great work & may the new year be a great one for all & peace to all around the world .
Smells fishy. Average consumers know to back up - so a game dev doesn't? Hmmm..... To ambitious a project?
The only thing fishy is people extrapolating based off nothing at all. They didn't even say they don't have backup. Chances are they DO have backup.
They probably have a backup, just not anything to use it on. Kinda need a computer to make a game.
So now this game will take 5 years to come out instead of 4. No biggie. I'm not sure why people are so excited about this game when zero actual gameplay was shown.
'when zero actual gameplay was shown.' All they showed was gameplay.
LOL you thought that 30 secs was gameplay?
I have a feeling that Maxor will be eating his words when this game comes out. That was all gameplay. Look at a high-res video and look at the jaggies on the cockpit before he gets in. That was definitely gameplay.