Clear and blatant game interference and favoritism by devs will not be tolerated. Especially in a sandbox game.
Devs sharing information with a 3rd party, while not illegal, is certainly unwanted by the majority. Do you really have to think about why people don't like this?
In a game that claims to be mostly about self discovery (as well as players teaching players, not devs teaching players), this just doesn't make any sense. Why don't you just make a comprehensive guide for us all and ruin the experience of discovery? Discovery effects game play as well. If I know more things than you do, I likely have an advantage over you. If I know an extremely strategic way to setup defenses and you do not, I have an advantage over you. Multiply this by 1000s of discovery possibilities and you see how it can impact game play.
Then to have the audacity to say nothing is happening is just a slap in the face. Lying about influencing the game world, how unprofessional can you get? I guess that's why you call yourself Notorious Games. I understand you have the legal right to do whatever the hell you want, but just know that people will not play a game like that as long as they know it is happening.
Hell, Xsyon is one of the best games out there, and I can still quit on a whim because the realization that the developers aren't serious about their product means I don't want to waste my time on it. I already have wasted a lot. If I knew this was happening when I started playing, you wouldn't have got 100s of dollars from my subs. I wouldn't have wasted my time.
It hurt your cause far more to lie than it would have to tell the truth. If you advertise for this game, I will give warning where warning is due. A simple warning that in the past, developers have shared information with a 3rd party in game because they have the ability to read all chats, as well as shared non common game information that influences game play with certain parties but not the other (and if you were to spread it to everyone, then you might as well just ruin the fun of discovery, like I said). Proceed at your own risk.
And to think I was contemplating investing in NG (if they want investors anyway) sometime in 2012 (whenever population started picking up dramatically). Not because it would make good profit (or hell even break even), but because I wanted to support the game. No more. I'll take my the potential investment to Embers of Caerus instead once they are further down the line. That game is going to be VERY similar to a Skyrim MMO, but will also have the sandbox features of player territories and custom player built cities. It's showing real promise. The only concern I have is someone might beat them to it... but so far there is nothing on the horizon. Unless DF2.0 somehow has custom player cities (not dev built as it is now). Unlikely with what is going on in Greece though. I don't think we will see DF2.0.
One last thing, I just want to be fair here and apologize to the guides who don't have any part in this (except maybe spawning animals for people, that's not cool).