No Man’s Sky Director Denies Using Patented Superformula: “This Is a Non-Story”

No Man’s Sky Director Denies Using Patented Superformula: “This Is a Non-Story”

Over the past few days, many sites reported allegations that No Man’s Sky would be using a patented “superformula” developed by plant geneticist Johan Gielis, possibly causing legal problems for the game.

While some of the articles that recently popped up on the issue actually reported the use of the formula as fact, looks like it isn’t.

Today Creative Director Sean Murray took to Twitter denying the allegations, and mentioning that the game doesn’t actually use the superformula or infringe any pantent, defining the whole hubbub “a non-story.”

It’s worth mentioning that Gielis, who patented the “superformula,” actually expressed no interest in hindering the game’s launch.

Incidentally, the article on The New Yorker that associated the Gielis’ “superformula” with the game, and that many used as the proverbial “smoking gun” in their articles, doesn’t specifically mention that it was actually used in the game.

We’re only a couple of weeks away from the game’s release on August 9th, and looks like the good folks at Hello Games are ready for launch. I know I’m definitely ready to explore the universe in No Man’s Sky.