No Man's Sky is a survival adventure game that was shown off at E3 2014 during Sony's briefing. Most critics described the game as original and entertaining, claiming that it "stole the show" at the expo. Originally, the title was scheduled for a release on June 21, 2016, but it was delayed to August 2016 due to undisclosed reasons. Now, Hello Games founder Sean Murray has stated that the company has finally ended a legal battle with British telecommunications company Sky UK Limited, over the game's name - however, there is no evidence to suggest that legal proceedings were the reason behind the delay of No Man's Sky.
Apparently, after three years of "secret stupid legal nonsense" with Sky - which own the rights to the word "Sky" - the two parties have resolved their differences and agreed to a settlement.
Yay! We finally settled with Sky (they own the word "Sky"). We can call our game No Man's Sky. 3 years of secret stupid legal nonsense over— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) June 17, 2016
If you are experiencing Déjà vu right now, fret not. Back in June 2013, Sky entered a similar disagreement with Microsoft over the use of the word "SkyDrive" for its cloud data storage service. The Redmond giant lost the case, and had to change the name of its service to OneDrive in 2014.
However, this time a relatively smaller legal entity has managed to resolve issues with Sky, with Murray citing Microsoft's predicament, stating that Hello Games was also in a similar and "pretty serious" situation. With that being said, now at least we all know why Skynet never happened as Murray jokingly points out.