While it’s no surprise that the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection and The Last Guardian have both been delayed, it certainly is a disappointment to have the delay made official. According to the PlayStation Blog, both games have been bumped from their expected launch dates – Spring ’11 for the Collection and Holiday ’11 for The Last Guardian. Fumito Ueda cited the postponement as needing more time “to provide more challenging and better quality of content to users and to fulfill First Party Studio’s obligations.” He also apologizes and begs for our patience, adding that “all the members of my production team are working together at a fast pace to develop and release the game in First Party Studio quality.”
As I said, I can’t say I’m surprised, but I am disappointed. I’ve had the Team Ico Collection pre-ordered since it was announced, and I was really looking forward to replaying both games with all the added features. Here’s hoping that will at least be released in time for the holidays.