The Last Guardian is being pushed back by a few weeks in order to allow developers additional time to get rid of bugs, Sony announced this morning.
According to president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida, the long-anticipated (as well as long-delayed) title is in the final stages of development. Posting on the PlayStation Blog, he ascertained that delaying the game again was a difficult choice but necessary in order to curb minor technical issues. That being said, he also verified that this is going to be last delay for the game which has already suffered a troubling development phase.
“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,” he 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 Last Guardian was previously slated for a release on October 25 but will now launch on December 6 in North America. As for the rest of the regions, the game will release on December 7 across Europe and December 9 in the UK and Ireland. That’s just over a month of delay but when considering the game’s past, even that is disappointing at this stage.
The Last Guardian began development back in 2007. It was supposed to grace the PlayStation 3 during its early years. However, trouble ensued and eventually it shifted its focus to bringing the game over to PlayStation 4. Sony successfully maintained radio silence over the game throughout these years, leading many to believe that it was canned. At E3 2015, The Last Guardian surfaced as an exclusive title for PlayStation 4.