The flood

So… our office flooded late on Christmas Eve. It was just one of those unlucky things, but it wiped out pretty much everything in there. There were exceptional storms which meant a large part of Guildford flooded one way or other. For us, an underground car park next door filled with water, then burst, so it all happened real sudden.

Christmas in Guildford

Christmas in Guildford

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 🙁

The good news is that people have been so so so nice. So genuinely overwhelmingly supportive that actually I don’t know what to say.

Lots of people asked questions on Twitter, so I’ll try my best to answer them.

Where’s Hello Games at right now?
Everyone assembled over Christmas and we’ve been working super hard since. 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.

It feels like that moment in a film, where the heroes are down, but not defeated. They are scattered across the world and they have to rebuild. Our next few weeks/months are going to be a training montage and running across mountains. Quick Cut! Dave’s punch dancing. Quick Cut! Hazel’s firing an arrow at a target… getting closer. Quick Cut! Alex has nunchucks in silhouette on a mountain peak. You get the idea. BE EXCITE.

Will this delay No Man’s Sky?
We won’t let that happen!

At times recently I’ve wanted to be depressed, to wallow, but it’s impossible surrounded by this team. They are literally unstoppable. 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 🙂

Are you going to do a Kickstarter?
I like Kickstarter, and I love what it stands for (all my Xmas presents were Kickstarter pledges). Financially I guess 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 people buy our Joe Danger games then that does support us. We’d rather you buy Joe Danger because you want to play them though… they are real good games 🙂

Is Hello Games going to be ok?
What’s happened sucks. It sucks to see years of concept art floating in muddy water, it sucks to lose so much so quickly (Christmas or not). When we moved into this office it was a wrecked warehouse, and we did it up real nice. It isn’t some anonymous building to us, and it literally broke my heart to watch what happened. If you’ve been robbed (or flooded), you probably know how it feels. From the outside it might make us seem fragile as a company, but I promise we’re strong and I hope we’ll come out of this stronger.

It’s obviously horrible, but it’s all part of our little indie journey. Like this week not only did we have to build a new network, electrics, servers, new furniture and a dozen new PCs, but we had to build a half dozen new Macs, Linux machines and source all the Apple devices because last week we released both Joe Danger Infinity for iOS and Joe Danger PC, Mac and Linux in the Humble Indie Bundle X. We didn’t finish them til hours before, and then everyone collapsed in a heap.

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.

Maybe Christmas was a bad time for this to happen, but New Year’s couldn’t be better for a fresh start. I couldn’t be more excited for 2014. Oh and a minute ago I saw something amazing Dave just got working in No Man’s Sky (I can’t help but see it, because he’s practically sat on my lap). Watch this space and all that, we’ll share more soon.

Stay Dry,

by Sean


  1. Fantastic read Sean, keep your spirits up, as you guys are legend to me!

    Doing it YOUR way, and not guided by others.

  2. Really looking forward to no mans sky (probably the game i’m looking forward to the most in 2014 or 2015 or whenever it will be released) and i hope you guys will be okay because you are awesome and a true inspiration. 🙂

  3. Damn, that sucks. Glad you have this under control and being all positive about it. Wish you the best of luck, can’t wait to see more from NMS!

  4. Good to see you guys keeping that fighting spirit up. Look, No Man’s Sky will be huge and you guys will be fine, I know it. I couldn’t be more excited for the game, hope to see it available later this year!

  5. Glad to hear that you guys are recovering,
    Stay awesome 🙂

  6. Your team is insanely talented. How ever you wish to move forward, Kickstarter or not, there will be a ton of support behind you.

  7. I’ll take the suggestion to help you guys out buying Joe Danger. It’s not really my thing, but if you don’t have a Paypal for donations/a Kickstarter for No Man’s Sky, that’ll do.

    Best of luck on this new year. And for god’s sake get a different insurance company.

  8. Way to keep positive. No man’s sky was blew me away and I can’t wait to play it. If for some odd reason you need an American willing to move to England to help you out (even though I have no game dev experience, but I’m a good office worker and quick to learn!)I’m your guy.

  9. I love you people, I think you’re wonderful. Maybe I could send you some cake? Xxxx

  10. That’s the spirit Sean! Great to hear the Hello Game’s spirit hasn’t been dented.

    Best of luck with No Man’s Sky…I and millions of others can’t wait to play it!!!

  11. Great to see you guys are keeping your spirits up. It’ll all work out, just keep a positive attitude.

  12. Great to see you guys don’t give up easily! This is highly promising. Can’t wait to see more games vids from ya!

  13. Forza Ragazzi! (From Italy)

  14. Its great to see your drive to get No Man’s Sky up and Running.

    Picked up Joe Danger and its a really great game.

    Good luck for the future we look forward to No Man’s sky.

  15. I await No Man´s Sky anxiously in PS4, please do de game for this system.

  16. Suggestion: Do a Kickstarter Campaign nonetheless, but give Joe Danger away to backers who pledge an amount close to the price of JD. It’s a win-win situation: People can purchase your game while supporting No Man’s Sky – also NMS is more likely to reach the funding goal this way 😉

  17. I’m so happy to hear that you guys are up and working again with all that’s happened! I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for a game to come out. The closest I’ve been was after discovering there was a game called Demon’s Souls, and that game was incredible. I can’t wait! Nor can I withstand the teasing! What sort of amazing things has Dave managed to get working =)?

  18. Hey guys I’ve seen the small trailer you have of No Man’s Sky. I have only 3 words, A-ma-zing. It looks like one of the best games I have seen in a long time. Very good. Can’t wait till it comes out. Hopefully my computer will not suck as much and I will be able to buy it. Keep up the good work.

  19. You guys are literally making what I’m think the most enjoyable game ever. Keep up the good work!

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