So yeah, about The Last Guardian releasing in 2011…

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I hope you weren’t planning on playing The Last Guardian anytime soon because it’s just been delayed, no kidding. “That’s OK” you tell me, “I’ll be busy playing through the Team ICO HD collection” anyways. Yeah… about that as well…

Creative director Fumito Ueda has some bad news, but hopes you don’t beat him to death for it.

It’s true, The Last Guardian has been delayed and will be pushed out of its Holiday 2011 release slot, here’s what he had to say:

Announced at last year’s Tokyo Game Show that the release timing of The Last Guardian which is currently being developed would be holiday 2011.

However, to provide more challenging and better quality of content to users and to fulfill First Party Studio’s obligations, I decided to postpone its release timing.

All the members of my production team are working together at a fast pace to develop and release the game in First Party Studio quality.

I sincerely apologize to all the customers who have been waiting for “The Last Guardian” for so long, but I beg for your patience. I will also announce the new release timing at a later time.

So what he is basically saying is the usual story that he thinks that it would be better to release it later to ensure a higher quality game. I for one am all for that idea, although I can’t say that Polyphony Digital did anything for my faith after pursuing perfection for 6 years and falling pretty short of the mark.

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The news of the HD collection also suffering a delay came from the EU Playstation Blog, where they touched on Ueda’s comments and added:

SCEE can confirm that we are officially delaying the release of ICO/Shadow of the Colossus Collection and The Last Guardian from their respective launch timeframes of Spring 2011 and Holiday/Winter 2011.

We will provide more information regarding release timing at a later date.

Source: Joystiq, EU Playstation Blog

Last Updated: April 20, 2011

Nick De Bruyne

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