The Last Guardian Release Date Pushed Back
Ben Sheene / Sep 12th, 2016 No Comments
The Last Guardian release date has been pushed back to Dec. 6, 2016.
Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, announced the delay on the PlayStation Blog this morning. A few months ago at E3 2016 a new trailer for the game debuted, announcing the game would release on Oct. 25.
“A delay is a difficult decision, particularly with this game, but we have encountered more bugs than anticipated while in the final stages of development,” said Yoshida. “To ensure that The Last Guardian delivers on the experience that the game’s creators have envisioned, we need to take the extra time to work on those issues.”
Development on The Last Guardian has been one of the longest unfinished stories in gaming. The title started development in 2007 when the game was originally meant to be released on the PlayStation 3. From creator Fumito Ueda’s departure from Sony and a lack of any news for year, it was believed that the spiritual successor to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus was dead.
E3 2015 saw the game finally see the light of day in the form of a new trailer and a blanket 2016 release on the PS4. Unless Sony announces another delay before December, players should not have to wait much longer for the almost mythic game.
The Last Guardian and Final Fantasy 15 are two games that have been in development for about the same time, got solid release dates for this year, and were delayed to the breaking point of being a joke. It’s almost a thing of comfort having these games be delayed because that’s all we’ve known for years.
More than anything, Sony needs to take a step back when announcing release dates. Nearly every major first party game from the company has been pushed back weeks or months at a time. October and even November were already packed with big releases so a December release might do better for sales. But now Sony has Gravity Rush 2 releasing four days before The Last Guardian. What are the chances Gravity Rush 2, like Gran Turismo Sport will be pushed into 2017?
tags: Fumito Ueda , news , ps4 , Team Ico , The Last Guardian