The Last Guardian Delayed Again, Because Of Course

The Last Guardian, a video game best known for never actually coming out, got yet another delay today. It will now hit in December. Sony announced today that they have moved the release date of this infamous piece of vaporware from October 26 to December 7. It was previously slated for, oh, I dunno, 2011? Originally announced at E3 in 2009 for the PlayStation 3, The Last Guardian has become a running punchline over the past decade because of constant delays and disappearances.

Here's the full Sony blog post:

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 7th December 2016, across Europe and 9th December 2016 across UK & Ireland.
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.


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    Oh no, what a disappointment, I did not see this coming.

      Better to get it right for the release, otherwise there will be no mercy given... Still have my fingers crossed it makes it to the christmas tree on time.

      Last edited 13/09/16 12:09 pm

        Me too.

        Even though I refuse to acknowledge or get my hopes up until I physically see the box on the shelf

      Maybe they wanted it to feel authentic.

    Wait, who do I send my death threats to this time? Do I send them to Jason or the Sony social media guy?

    That's good!

    Previous release date was 25 October, same day as Dark Souls 3 DLC, which is three days before Skyrim Special Edition and Nioh is rumored to release.

    I was doing the mental calculations. That week/period was too packed as it was.

      I think the original release date was actually sometime in 2011.

      Definitely too packed along with Bf1. That week is still too packed and having just finished deus ex I'd really like one of those releases now! I'm glad The Last Guardian is delayed and 6 weeks isn't that bad considering it was meant to be out years ago.

      A lot of people have gone negative on The Last Guardian but I'm expecting it to be a great game, maybe not goty but certainly memorable and something we can enjoy.

        I haven't forgotten about BF1. This is what my calendar at work looks like for October:

        https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5TGF8Lv0f3NQjJHc3FTX1Nta3c

        And I'm still looking forward to The Last Guardian. I'm pretty hopeful it's going to be timeless and charming.

    It's a little worrying that they are saying things like "more bugs than anticipated" this close to their original release date. That's a strong indicator that something's been rushed which could mean fundamental flaws in sections of the game's coding. Of course, it could just mean a lot of cosmetic issues that have little impact on the rest of the code when fixed but it's like hearing your doctor say "That's odd." when giving you a check up.

    Last edited 13/09/16 9:49 am

      There are a lot of words that one could use to describe The Last Guardian. But I really don't think "rushed" would be one of them :P

      It could also be a bizarre round-a-bout way for adding support for 4K and HDR for PS4 Pro. It's too close to be a coincidence.

        That's a good point. It would be a good candidate for a visual spit polish too, as it does look very much like a PS3-era game (because it is, I suppose). It seems like HDR would go a long way to making this one look extra nice.

    Gear up for another underwhelming title from Sony (compare, No Mans Sky). There is little Sony can do to match the expectations that the community have placed on TLG, so they might as well just dump it on the market as a PS+ title to temper the wave of refunds that'll hit them over summer.

      Despite the years of mucking around I don't think The Last Guardian has had the marketing push nor the excessive promise that No Man's Game did.
      Its not like there's hours of footage and devs hyping it into the danger zone.

      What expectations?

      So far the best I can muster is Iko with a giant dog or really the expectation that it will be delayed.

      They aren't disappointing on the latter

    Heh called it. And I'll call it now, December it'll get delayed until Q1 2017.

      Jinxed it more like.

      ;)

      Last edited 13/09/16 10:17 am

        Bubble bubble toil and trubble delay this game that can't possibly meet expectatioooooons...

          Quit jinxing the game's release or I'll glue an Oculus Rift on your head with Star Trek 9 playing on the left screen, right speaker and Star Trek 10 on the right screen, left speaker; creating a cross wave of sensory torture in your head.

          Last edited 13/09/16 10:41 am

            I never should have told you my one weakness :O

              Jokes aside, is it really a weakness? I recently saw Star Trek 5 and cannot help that the whole Trekkie community (including yourself) played up how bad it is as a tongue in cheek joke or a massive prank to pull on non-Trekkies, including myself.

              How do I know you're not just pulling the same kind of prank on those two movies?

                Haahah. Trek 5 had the casts charm to pull off the movie. I'll never get over naked Uhura dance tho... Yoiks. But Nemesis was chopped to hell to compete with Star Wars at the boxoffice and it shows, it's a nonsensical movie that while it's not cinematic cancer, it's a pretty big dud. Remans and Romulans were meant to be the same race just on different planet but suddenly remans are Bat like vampire style creatures, it was pretty silly. Insurrection played out like a huge tv episode, which was odd to me at first but then there were stories that the budget was cut bigtime on it and action setpieces were removed. The storyline actually wasn't bad as per se, it was just not that 'good'.

                  OK. But to give those two movies a chance, I'll try and go in with a clear mind like I did with Star Trek 5.

                  Thanks for the heads up.

                  @wisehacker I had a chance yeeeeears ago to read Nemesis original shooting script, which was fantastic. Apparently they even shot it, every scene on the script, but the studio went over the directors head and decided to turn it into more of an action movie, which upset the director and Patrick Stewart, as it was more of a meditation on old vs young, new vs old etc. Tom Hardy did a good job as Shinzon and Ron Perlman as his 2ic was fine, it's just the choppy nature of the film and what's left lets it down. I'd compare it to BVS, where the cinematic cut of it I didn't like but I'm positive, absolutely positive, that there's an uncut version out there that like BVS, which I love the uncut version, I'd love too. And as a trekkie, that makes me a little sad :(

    The Last Guardian, a video game best known for never actually coming out, got yet another delay today. It will now hit in December.

    It will not.

    The cancellation announcement in December is going to be amazing :p

    A little disappointed to hear this but October and November are so packed with releases I cant be too bothered.

    Wow what a shame that a POC indie type game is failing to release all while amazing games have been coming out.
    Seriously FF and last guardian better be the most amazing games of all time to have taken this long

    This PS2 game is going to be a disaster.

      And since the first announcement other series have had entire trilogies released (and remade).

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