Aside from being an awesome and most-anticipated game, The Last Guardian is also well known for being the 'tame that is actually never coming out'. The game has earned due to its on and off hiatus and multiple delays.
Sony just announced that they are definitely moving the release date for this notorious vaporware to Dec. 6, previously Oct. 25. Fast rewind to the past, it was first announced way back on E3 2009 and supposedly to release 2011, as reported by Kotaku.com. This game was supposedly to be released under the PlayStation 3 (PS3) but due to various reasons, the game gets delayed again, and again, earning it a punchline throne being used over the past years with regards to disappearances and delays.
As taken from Sony's blog:
The Last Guardian development team is fast approaching major milestones in production and has made the tough decision to delay the release of The Last Guardian a few weeks. The Last Guardian will launch on December 6, 2016.
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. 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.
Our development continues to push itself to the fullest and we look forward to revealing new content toward launch.
We appreciate your continued support.
Our speculations on the delays
First of all, let's drop the topic on why it was delayed from the year 2011 and somewhat do a fast-forward to 2016. One reason is that it jumped a generation, from PS3 to PS4, so it may take a few development months for 'translating' the codes to fit with the latest game console.
Second, based on the statements above, "we need to take the extra time to work on those issues", it is natural for game development to produce issues, and on this case it may have been out of hand and require more time to contain.
Third and what we think most likely is the main reason, the PS4 Pro. With its increased computing and graphic powers, the developers might have decided to create a 'Pro' version (or make the game exclusive to Pro) and loosen up some optimizations to deliver the best visuals. Think of it this way, the game was almost wrapped up for the PS4, which only has such power, then comes the PS4 Pro with more than doubled computing capabilities. Sony must have chosen to pick the game for a PS4 Pro exclusive or create a PS4 Pro version of it.
Whatever the reason is, we are still pretty hyped with the game despite the many nicknames it has earned. Will you be getting a copy soon? Let us know on the comment section below.