Hello Games ran into financial difficulties over the years it took to bring the procedural space exploration game No Man's Sky to market, and now it hopes to help out creators in similar positions. As reported by Ars Technica, Hello Games founder Sean Murray quietly announced the formation of Hello Labs during his Game Developers Conference talk on procedural generation last week.
The Hello Labs program was set up to fund and support procedural generation-based or otherwise experimental game projects one or two at a time. It already has one such project in development, but Murray gave developers an email address to contact if they were interested in the program.
Despite the Hello Labs initiative, Hello Games isn't done with No Man's Sky. After winning the Innovation Award for No Man's Sky at last week's Game Developers Choice Awards, Hello this week released the Pathfinder update for the game, adding HDR and PS4 Pro support, new vehicles and races, a permadeath mode, and a new photo feature.