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After years of delays, The Last Guardian finally settled on an official release date, October 25, during this year’s E3 Expo. But it looks like Sony has been forced to push back its launch one more time.
Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida, writing on the PlayStation Blog, confirmed that the PS4 game will now be released on December 6 so that Fumito Ueda and his team can deliver “the most polished experience possible”:
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.
In addition to announcing the delay, Yoshida also confirmed that Sony would reveal more information about The Last Guardian ahead of its launch.
After devoting nine years to its development, Sony and Team Ico are finally ready to release The Last Guardian for the PS4 on October 25. While the consolemaker has said very little so far this year about their flagship title for the Fall, they did release a quintet of new screenshots on Facebook late last night.
Beautifully depicting the growing bond between the nameless boy and the griffin-like Trico, the screenshots can be found after the break. (more…)
In what has become a Sony E3 tradition, we were treated to yet another trailer for The Last Guardian, the publisher’s very own Duke Nukem Forever. But this time, we finally have a release date. The Last Guardian will officially launch for the PlayStation 4 on October 25, 2016.
In the meantime, check out the E3 2016 trailer above.
Executives at Sony Interactive Entertainment have a big reason to celebrate this Memorial Day. And no, it’s not because Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro are throwing the biggest pool party/BBQ you’ve ever seen.
In reality, the consolemaker has announced that more than 40 million PS4 consoles have been sold to consumers as of May 22, 2016. That means that an average of 43,478 PS4s were purchased each and every day since the system went on sale on November 15, 2013.
“We are truly grateful for the enormous support from our fans and partners across the globe, which helped us achieve this significant milestone in such a short span of time,” said Andrew House, the President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “We will strive to deliver even more exciting gaming experiences to our users, further driving the momentum and accelerating the expansion of the PS4 platform and its business this fiscal year by offering an unparalleled lineup of games, bringing our virtual reality system, PlayStation VR, to market, and providing groundbreaking features and network services.”
Sony also revealed that more than 270.9 million PS4 games have been sold since the system’s debut (nearly 300,000 a day, in case you were curious), and that The Last Guardian is still on schedule to launch in 2016.
Presumably, a final release date for The Last Guardian will be announced at this year’s E3 Expo.
Sony reconfirms 2016 release date for The Last Guardian as PS4 sells 6 million consoles during holiday season
We’ve waited… and waited… and waited some more… but it looks like Sony is finally ready to commit to a release date for The Last Guardian. The game appeared earlier this month in a Sony Europe sizzle reel that focused on “2016 PS4 Exclusives.” And this past week, Sony Computer Entertainment America also confirmed that the game will be released for the PS4 sometime this year, which should come as a relief to anyone who has been following the game’s epic saga since its 2009 unveiling.
In addition to delivering good news to the PlayStation faithful, this announcement was part of a larger look at the PS4’s continued retail success. According to Sony’s internal estimates, more than 5.7 million PS4 consoles were sold during the holiday season (which Sony defines as November 22 through January 3). On top of that, more than 35 million games were also sold in this time period. For those keeping score at home, the PS4’s latest sales surge has pushed the system’s worldwide install base to a little over 35.9 million, which is well ahead of where the PS3 was after two years on the market.
“We are absolutely delighted that so many customers have selected PS4 as the best place to play throughout this holiday season and that the PS4 community is growing more than ever,” said Andrew House, the President and Global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to deliver innovative entertainment experiences, and look forward to bringing an unprecedented games portfolio from third party developers and publishers and SCE Worldwide Studios this coming year.”
Finally, Sony revealed that New Hot Shots Golf, which was announced during last month’s PlayStation Experience, will also definitely be released in 2016.
Sony put on an incredible show during this year’s E3 Expo, debuting new IPs from Guerrilla Games and Media Molecule, as well as offering further glimpses at long-awaited titles such as No Man’s Sky from Hello Games and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End from Naughty Dog. Yet it chose to open its presentation with perhaps the most long-awaited title of all time, The Last Guardian. (more…)
Sony started off their 2015 E3 Press Conference with a bang as their first announcement was the re-announcement of The Last Guardian! First shown over seven years ago, and once thought cancelled, the game has been resurrected, and even has a release window!
A new gameplay video showed off the game’s protagonist and his giant, eagle/dog companion interacting with the environment. The game definitely has an Ico/Shadow of the Colossus feel to it, with (what appears to be) a heavy emphasis on exploration and environmental puzzle-solving.
The Last Guardian is set to release for the PS4 next year.
Sony refuses to give up on The Last Guardian. An “administrative error” forced the publisher to abandon the game’s trademark last month, but the US Patent and Trademark Office has confirmed that a new application for The Last Guardian was filed earlier this week.
Like the last time it happened, these trademark shenanigans don’t mean much for the future of The Last Guardian. The development difficulties experienced by Team Ico have been well documented and rumors of a PS3-to-PS4 conversion have been making the rounds for almost two years. So the status of the game’s trademark application is the least of Sony’s worries at this point.
All this news really tells us is that Sony wants to retain their trademark on The Last Guardian. At the very least, that’s a good sign for the game’s future as it indicates that Sony doesn’t want anyone else to make a claim on the name. But until Sony makes an official announcement about the game’s future, this is just another non-story in the eight-years-in-the-making saga that has been the development of The Last Guardian.