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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.
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murons.......dont shake my heart like that, please...y just get hit . with the left of fumito ueda and now this mistake...
Hate the store, hated working there. Biggest bunch of tools worked there. They had no knowledge of video games and I knew a shh ton, yet they fired me saying I wasn't "getting it". Ok first off, I got it just fine. It was all pretty standard retail nothing special...second let's just say I wasn't getting the job like he says...maybe working me only five hours a week could have been the problem? And of course I never was a team player, they never made me feel apart of the team! Telling me they couldn't work me more hours cuz payroll can't cover it, yet I would hear them saying they need to hire more people...seriously, they are tools and I'm actually glad I was saved from that store of retards. They all seriously think that the pre order content can only be found at their stores! This is in Atlanta, Ga. Walk into any GameStop in kennesaw, Marietta and Acworth area and they will tell you to pre order to get exclusive bla bla bla, and it's simply not true. They need to pop on over to best buy and wal mart and see what they got going on. It's always the same stuff with maybe something extra thrown in. Like I chose to buy batman AC at wal mart cuz I got all the perks gamestoppers got upon release AND a free copy of batman AA. Sorry for the long post. I just hate GameStop.
gamestop is dumb
all i want to hear is when the game is coming out, thats all.
That was frightening and I'm sure we had a few laughs (and some hate mail to be sent soon enough!)
glad that all of that crap is cleared up
hope its gonna be good for this long of a wait
This game MUST come out!