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All Articles: The Last Guardian
In a very real way, the game industry wiped the slate clean in 2016.
After nearly a decade of development difficulties, Square Enix unleashed Final Fantasy XV on the world. Fumito Ueda and Sony Japan Studio overcame similar troubles to finally release The Last Guardian. Id Software shook off the past and was reborn after the launch of the fourth game in the Doom franchise. Blizzard closed the book on their failed “Titan Project” with the release of Overwatch. Naughty Dog said goodbye to Nathan Drake, but gamers said hello to altered realities that were both “augmented” and “virtual.” Nintendo found new kingdoms to conquer with Super Mario Run. And the launch of No Man’s Sky taught us that while the hype machine sometimes fails to deliver, the chance for a brighter tomorrow is always there.
But before we venture off into that great unknown, let’s look back at some of gaming’s highlights from 2016. (more…)
After more than seven years in development, Team Ico is finally ready to unleash The Last Guardian on the PS4. Now available to download through the PlayStation Store, players should prepare their hankies, as Fumito Ueda and his team are definitely going to tug on some heartstrings with their story of a scrappy young boy and the massive creature known as Trico.
Another game featuring an array of fantastic beasts will be available to download this week from Studio Wildcard as their dino survival game, Ark: Survival Evolved, has also launched for the PS4.
Finally this week, THQ Nordic is bringing back one of the earliest FPS hits for the PS2 with Red Faction, the latest addition to Sony’s growing stable of PS2-On-PS4 titles.
In development since 2007, and first unveiled at E3 2009, The Last Guardian‘s disappearance from the public eye during the first part of the decade lead many to believe the game would never see the light of die. But some kept hope alive… even after Director Fumito Ueda parted ways with Sony a few years ago. That faith will be rewarded this week when The Last Guardian, a story of a boy and the gentle giant that follows him around, launches for the PS4.
Another long-awaited game will make its Xbox One this week. Capcom’s Dead Rising 4 marks the return of photojournalist Frank West and the Willamette Mall in a Christmas-themed zombie game that also brings back the franchise’s trademark zany setpieces and insane action.
Finally this week, Ubisoft will release Werewolves Within for the PS4. The publisher plans to recreate the real-life party game using a PlayStation VR headset, and five-to-eight players will get the chance to play “a fast-paced game of hidden roles and social deduction” online.
That’s it for the Retail Release Report, but we’ll be back later this week with a complete rundown of the new digital downloads coming to the PlayStation Store, Xbox Games Store, and Nintendo eShop.
It’s been quite a week for reveals, and video game fans got to witness the unveiling of Nintendo’s Nintendo console earlier this week, as well as the first trailer for Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2. But a third bit of good news dropped last night, and it’s something a lot of gamers thought they might never see…
After being in the works for nearly ten years, development on The Last Guardian is officially complete.
Shuhei Yoshida, the President of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Worldwide Studios, let the world know the game is done with a heartfelt message delivered through Twitter:
I've waited a very long time to say this… The Last Guardian has gone gold! I'm so excited for you all to finally experience it ˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) October 22, 2016
The Last Guardian was originally announced for the PS3 before development moved to the PS4 in 2015. With nothing left to stop it now, the game will be released exclusively for Sony’s console on December 6.
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.