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Update 2: A GameStop representative has sent along the company's explanation of why those who pre-ordered The Last Guardian received a bogus call saying the game had been canceled.
The statement reads: "The Last Guardian has not been canceled by Sony as we incorrectly stated in an automated call to reservation customers. Because the game did not have a specific release date, GameStop made the decision to remove the game from our system. The Last Guardian will be reinstated for pre-order when a firm launch date is known."
So, it's as we originally speculated. Thankfully. We just hope that in the future, fans of other often-delayed or not-soon-releasing titles don't receive the same heart attack-inducing phone call regarding their much-awaited game.
Update: According to Sony Computer Entertainment's Alex Armour, GameStop doesn't know what it's talking about. His words couldn't be more specific about The Last Guardian cancelation: "That's not true. It's not canceled," he says. The reasons for the GameStop de-listing remain vague. We'll follow up if we hear anything.
Original Story: It was bad enough when news broke that creator Fumito Ueda was leaving The Last Guardian studio Team Ico, but has the game been canceled altogether?
Game Informer associate editor Kyle Hilliard received an automated message from retailer GameStop, where he had placed a pre-order for the PlayStation 3 title. It told him that his pre-order of the game had been canceled because "the vendor has canceled production of the game..." Here is a transcript of the entire message he received:
"Hello, this is GameStop calling with important news regarding your reservation. We've been notified by the vendor that The Last Guardian has been canceled. To reserve a different title or have your reservation money refunded, please go to your local store."To repeat, we've been notified that the vendor has canceled production of the game The Last Guardian. If you have any questions please call your local store. Thank you. Goodbye."
Although it's possible that the retailer is simply taking the game off its books for the time being until a more firm release date is announced, it could also be a sign that the game is simply gone.
Game Informer is contacting publisher Sony to receive more info on this story, and we'll update you whenever we have more news.
[Note: Game Informer is owned by GameStop]
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Yeah, I kinda guessed it might have been some prank call. But why did they believe it? Is it that easy to fool a nationwide company? They must have been mulling it... or it's a publicity stunt.
Phew. I was kinda interested in it.
A rather convenient shoving of GameStop under the bus by Sony here.
GameStop doesn't go through the length of pre-recorded phone calls and preorder refunds because "the release date isn't finalized". That's what placeholder dates are there for. Corporate heard from someone who was thought to be either reliable or knowledgeable before making a decision like this.
Of course, it's a perfect cover-up for Sony. Core gamers-- the audience that's been clamoring for The Last Guardian all along-- already hate GameStop with the fire of a thousand suns. Forcing what's tantamount to a "confession" absolves Sony of any damage control responsibility and allows the situation to be buried without further incident or mention.
I swear sometimes I think this game has a curse around it. I haven't heard anything but bad news every time something pops up regarding this game. Hopefully Sony manages to pull itself together and just get this out the door.
Good thing I don't pre order games anymore
My friend text me about it maybe being canceled earlier and I just about had a heart attack. The thought of this game not being in my life makes me all kinds of sad. Sony has put too much time and money into this game to not release it. Especially since this is Ueda's last game with Team Ico, I must have it.
SCEA's Patrick Seybold tried to downplay the situation on Twitter a short time ago:
"it was an innocent clerical error and they fixed it. no biggie..shows people are still excited about the game!"
An innocent clerical error? Really? If you say so. And if you're lucky, gaming journalism will leave it at that.
Well it generated some hype for the game at least. Reminded people that it exists.
Cool cant wait to see this game
Hahahaha what? That's odd. I remember my buddy and me pre-ordering Fable 2 a few years ago cause it was supposed to have some pretty cool pre-order bonuses at the time and they ended up changing just about all of them. lol
If it was canceled, I would march up to Sony's office and give them a piece of my mind. And my fist
KYLES SISER IS HOT
gamestop stop making mistakes.
Dear Gamestop, FAIL!!!
sincerely, one of your customers
How long has this game been in development? Was it E3 in 2009 we first heard of it. The game looks very intriguing, but I don't think that any company should show a game that is more then a year away. I understand that delays are possible and really typical nowadays, but this is just ridiculous. Oh, and Gamestop sucks for that.
Well cud...i was looking forward to this game. oh well
I feel bad for anyone that shops their and listens to their crud
Way to drop the ball GameStop, maybe change your automated message next time?
not a real surprise