A couple readers kindly commented to point out a correction that needed to be made in my original version of this piece: No Man’s Sky was never, in fact, a Kickstarter project. Friends of mine had made offhand comments over the past few months about the game getting Kickstarted, which I must have internalized and accepted as fact without ever tracking down confirmation first. Mea culpa.
I went ahead and removed mention of “Kickstarter” from the article and republished. Luckily it wasn’t the main thrust of the piece at all, and no one highlighted passages that contained those mentions, so 99% of it has remained the same.
Thanks to all the commenters so far, especially those engaged enough to care about this article’s details. You are all great.