By now we should all be used to game delays. It seems like the new thing, almost as normal as peanut butter on jelly. But there is something about The Last Guardian being delayed (again) that just really, for lack of a better word, hurts. According to a post on the PlayStation Blog made by the President of SCE, Shuhei Yoshida, the delay is due to “more bugs than anticipated while in the final stages of development”.
For those who have been following the game’s development, The Last Guardian has been in the works since the Stone age of 2007 and was officially announced at E3 in 2009 for the PlayStation 3. When it became clear that was not happening, the hype fizzled a bit, but it never completely died due to the high anticipation and some minor leaks here and there. Then last year the game made big headlines again when it resurfaced at Sony’s E3 2015 conference where nearly seven minutes of gameplay was shown.
The Last Guardian takes place in a mystical land where a young, unnamed boy forms a strong bond with a feathered creature named Trico (think mythical creatures known as griffins). Together they must conquer the dangers that await them and rely on each other to survive while taking the player on an emotional narrative journey. The game promises a beautiful fantasy world, truly unique gameplay, and an unlikely friendship. At Sony’s E3 conference a few months ago we got another taste of this with a new trailer and an October release date. The trailer was not only visually stunning, but it took our expectations even higher.
Now, however, we must a wait a little longer. Yoshida also stated on the blog that “Our development continues to push itself to the fullest and we look forward to revealing new content for launch.” We have waited nine years for this moment. What’s a few more weeks? The Last Guardian may have been slated for an October 25th release, but now it has been pushed back to December 6, 2016. Happy Holidays.
Tori is a writer and gamer originally from Vault 111, but now she resides in Chicago. She has an MFA in creative writing-fiction, runs primarily on coffee, and is an expert on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Follow her on Twitter @torithatnerd.