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The Last Guardian Delayed Until December

by Jeff Cork on Sep 12, 2016 at 03:30 AM

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The Last Guardian has been delayed again. The long-awaited title is now set for a December release date, instead of its planned October launch. In a post on the official PlayStation blog, SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida said the delay was necessary to address an unexpected number of bugs.

"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," Yoshida wrote. "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."

The game's new release date is December 6.

The Last Guardian was first announced at E3 2009, though it has been in development since 2007. It was originally slated to be a PlayStation 3 game, though it eventually shifted over to Sony's current-gen hardware over the course of nearly a decade. Sony showed off an extensive section of the game during this year's E3, and you can read our impressions from that here.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]


Our Take
Given the choice between playing a buggy game or one that's delayed, I'll take the delayed one. At a certain point, though, this kind of development timeline approaches farce. Maybe there's a third option: Don't announce a game until it's ready to be announced.