This guy is so genuine and passionate about game development, its kinda really sad to see how some gamers have responded.
It sends a big message to indie devs.
Also they still updating the game so i don't see how his social media silence can be interpreted as running away. He will just get flooded with hate to anything he says.
It's a two way relationship: you speak to gamers, you create a bond with them, you build your trust and they will look after you and support the work you do. You screw them over and you lose all of that.
This should send a huge message to all indie and larger developers and publishers. Stop biting the hands that feed you. Stop talking shite and releasing half baked, rushed out buggy games - especially at full price!
It is going into hiding. No one knows what the hell is going on with the game. They are updating stuff by mostly fixing bugs, glitches, graphics, and sprucing up load times, mining times etc. No one still knows when the missing features will be added, no one knows why shit was taken out of the game, no one knows when and if it will be added, no one knows at what cost it will be added.
Had they been straight up like Capcom and said we have very limited resources and money, but this is the game we plan to make, however, due to limitations we will release the base game now at this cost and you will get these features. The next month we will add these features.... That would have made it okay, but they released this as a full game at AAA full game cost and left out half the shit, had a game that kept crashing and glitching, and to date we have no idea what they will add, when and at what cost.
The responsibility squarely falls on Hello Games and Sean Murray since they are the developer and after creating the shit storm they have, they've decided to stop speaking to the people who invested in their game. No apology, no hint of sincerity, of hope, of salvation or anything.