The Last Guardian was due to release on PlayStation 4 on the 25th October 2016 but Sony has announced that it will now be released on the 6th December 2016. The extra time will be used for bug fixing.
Team Ico’s The Last Guardian was originally announced at E3 2007 for PlayStation 3 and was due to release in 2011. That date came and went with creative lead Fumito Ueda leaving the developer. Then at E3 2015, Sony re-announced the game and confirmed that Ueda was back onboard as director through his new studio genDESIGN. Ueda would be offering creative guidance for the game.
In the announcement on the PlayStation Blog, Shuhei Yoshida, President of SCE Worldwide Studios wrote
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.
The Last Guardian releases exclusively for PlayStation 4 on the 6th December 2016.