About 7 years ago Sony showed off the eagerly awaited new game from genDesign and Team ICO, The Last Guardian. It was the follow up to the stellar Shadow of the Colossus, a game that was, and still is, used to prove the argument that video games are art. Team ICO, lead by Fumito Ueda, are known for painstakingly crafting their games with excruciating detail.
The Last Guardian is no exception to this standard and, after a ton of delays and a console generation jump, it had finally seemed that the game had reached the standards of Ueda and crew. It was announced to be coming out October 25th.
Today however, Sony had this to say on their blog regarding The Last Guardian:
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.
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.
Our development continues to push itself to the fullest and we look forward to revealing new content toward launch.
We appreciate your continued support.
With reasons similar to the ones behind the delay for Final Fantasy XV, it’s kind of hard to get upset about having to wait a little over a month for The Last Guardian.
There is never anything wrong with developers delaying a game for a short time to add polish and ensure us players have an impeccable time with their product. But as with the delay to FFXV, The Last Guardian is a game that has been on the tip of our tongues for years now. It’s been just within arms reach, then yanked away at the last minute, leaving us hanging.
Fumito Ueda crafted two brilliant games in Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. They were both emotionally charged slices of gaming nirvana, bringing countless gamers to tears and leaving them a wreck, curled up in a ball in the corner, and swearing off games like we do alcohol after a night of binge drinking. But, inevitably, we just come crawling back to the bottle. We need our Ueda fix. Hopefully this will be The Last Delay.
Are you geeks picking up The Last Guardian this holiday season when it’s released on December 6, 2016? Let us know in the comments below.