I agree completely.Had Sean not been the micro manager he is an hired a PR person to pimp his product, not of the negativity would have happen. But he's a micro manager and as such no one can do as well as they can, which subsequently went nuts. Considering the size of the company and the work they been doing to get past the first days fisacos. If Sean can manage to stay away from PR. Their games is going to be next to none other like it.
Look at the number of people working on Ed and compare it to those at NMS. If ED had the same dedication and free will to get past the "DAVID", ED would be the game of games.
It doesn't serve anything or anyone however to get stuck in the past as some do and keep looking at what went wrong at the release of NMS. It's a very enjoyable game right now and there's yet more to come this summer, not late 2020.
Hello Games is indeed just a small team, just like Little Green Men (LGM) making Starpoint Gemini, their latest itteration is gonna look a bit more like ED, first or third person flight with a smaller ship instead of capital ship management.
You can visit stations/planets and locations on those stations/planets, bars etc.
It's amazing what those small incredibly inspired teams can do.
The contrast compared to Fdev is quite present.
ED might have a huge sandbox/galaxy but if there's nothing to do then what's the use?
I think just like you that if Fdev was as inspired and creative as those small teams ED would've been souvereign.