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The Last Guardian Gets Delayed. Is Anyone Surprised?

In a way we should’ve all seen this coming, but today Team Ico head Fumito Ueda has made a somewhat disappointing but entirely expected announcement concerning The Last Guardian.  Taking to the Euro PlayStation Blog, Fumito has revealed that due to the desire to produce a quality game Sony and Team Ico are delaying The Last Guardian from its originally Holiday 2011 release.

It appears that Ueda and his team are striving to provide the best possible experience to gamers as Ueda said “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.”  Because of The Last Guardian getting bumped into 2012, the release of the Ico & Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection has also been delayed to an unspecified time.

Right now many gamers out there may be shedding massive tears over this news but you can’t exactly say it’s a complete surprise. The release date of The Last Guardian has always been something that’s been handled careful and looked upon with questioning eyes so to me I’m not too bummed out that we’ll have to wait until next year for the next possible PS3 masterpiece.  Yes, I definitely want to play the game as soon as possible but considering that Team Ico is small in size and are of the “when it’s done” mentality I always knew that 2011 was a generous placeholder date if anything.

While Sony hasn’t announced exactly when in 2012 when we can expect The Last Guardian, the game could likely slip into the early 2012/March date unless the project needs further time and is ultimately pegged for a Summer release.  Despite the delay I’m still hoping The Last Guardian makes an appearance at E3 this year either in the form of a stage demo or dare to dream a playable build for “journalists/bloggers” like me to fawn over.

Not being able to experience The Last Guardian this year may be a complete downer, but I’m more than fine with Fumito and Team Ico taking whatever time they need to develop their next game, even if it means we need to wait until Holiday season 2012. But that’s of course pending the dreaded Mayan Apocalypse doesn’t happen.