I don't even know anymore...
Yeah, so, The Last Guardian has been delayed...AGAIN, thus furthering the opinion that the game will, in fact, never see the light of day.
This ambitious followup to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus has been in development since 2007, swapped from the PS3 to the PS4 and threatened to ruin creator Fumito Ueda's career—or at least his relationship with Sony.
But at E3 2016, we were assured that all of these years of turmoil would come to an end with the game's release on October 25, 2016. But, yet again, the game has been delayed, with Sony publishing the following statement instead:
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.
The Last Guardian will now arrive on PS4 on December 6. At least it's still 2016. But with my body having been so ready for its arrival next month, I feel like I need some ways to cope. Allow me to share my...
10 Ways To Deal With The (Millionth) Delay of The Last Guardian
1. Cry, Just Cry
2. Play Shadow of the Colossus (While Crying)
3. Listen To An Hour of Ico's Beautiful Song, 'Heal'
While recommended, crying is optional.
4. Indulge In The Ridiculous Amount of Games Arriving This Month
Seriously, there are so many!
5. Then Indulge In The Positively Stupid Amount of Games Arriving In October
Here's a brief glimpse of what's to come in Halloween month:
- Battlefield 1
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Gears of War 4
- Mafia III
- Eagle Flight
- PlayStation VR
- Dark Souls 3 DLC
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
- Civilization 6
- WWE 2K17
- Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration
- Titanfall 2
Friend: "Any plans for October, Ken?"
Ken: *Hands over list*
6. Try To Imagine Fumito Ueda's Frustration
In the director's own words,
Ico and Shadow of the Colossus took a long time to develop, so one of the missions of The Last Guardian was that we wanted to create something good in a short period of time, so the fact that it took a long time to develop was completely unexpected for me.
You poor, poor man.
7. Try Not To Cry As You Endlessly Rewatch The Little Boy Ask, "Are Your Wings Broken?" In This E3 Trailer
No, but my heart is.
8. Play Dark Souls, Because...
The director of the series, Hidetaka Miyazaki, stated that Ueda's Ico "awoke him to the possibilities of the medium." So, in a sense, the quiet wonderment of the Souls franchise is inspired by that of Ico—a game that beautifully achieves narrative engagement through gameplay. Celebrate this director's small, influential oeuvre to see how he has advanced as a game creator once you get your hands on The Last Guardian.
9. See Why Ueda Is A Masterful Game Maker With This Video
10. Don't Hype Yourself Up Too Much
The Last Guardian has been in development for years. It's undergone so many changes, and while Fumito Ueda is a renowned perfectionist, we have no idea how this chaotic development cycle may have impacted the game. All I'm saying is, we don't want a repeat of No Man's Sky—though I have a lot more faith in the creator of Shadow of the Colossus. Let's not hype ourselves up too much as we look forward to whatever The Last Guardian really is.
And play Ico a few times. There's something hypnotic about that game's simplicity...