President of SCE Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, took to the official PlayStation blog today with some rather disheartening news. It seems that The Last Guardian is facing yet another delay.
“The Last Guardian development team is fast approaching major milestones in production and has made the tough decision to delay the release of The Last Guardian a few weeks. The Last Guardian will launch on December 6, 2016.” says Yoshida in the opening paragraph of the blog entry.
Originally announced in 2009, The Last Guardian has seen countless delays.
It was originally planned as a title for the PlayStation 3, with scores of people purchasing the system with the intent of playing the game on it. Unfortunately, due to multiple delays and the introduction of a new console, the game still hasn’t been released. It’s not like myself and millions of others have been keeping track or anything, but it’s only been what, eight years since we first saw the game?
While a release date of October 20, 2016 was announced at Sony’s press conference this year at E3, it seems that the team needs a little more time to polish it up.
Continuing on in the blog post, Yoshida says that, “Fumito Ueda, gen DESIGN and JAPAN Studio have a wonderful vision for The Last Guardian’s touching, emotional journey of friendship and trust, and we want to deliver the most polished experience possible for our fans who have supported us for so long. 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. 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.”
As someone who loved the previous games by this studio (ICO, Shadow of the Colossus), I want the absolute best for this game. Unfortunately, each delay continues to make me more and more worried. Perhaps it’s simply due to my ignorance of what actually goes into game design, but if the game made it this close to its previous release date and is suffering from “more bugs than anticipated”, I can’t help but feel a little anxious.
Yoshida ends the post by saying, “Our development continues to push itself to the fullest and we look forward to revealing new content toward launch. We appreciate your continued support.”
What are your thoughts on The Last Guardian?
Are you excited to play it, or have the countless delays affected your expectations? Do you think the game will live up to they hype, be a massive train wreck, or simply fall somewhere in between?
– Zack Burrows