The Last Guardian, the long-anticipated, long-delayed PlayStation 4 exclusive, is getting one last delay as developers work to rid the title of bugs in the final stages of development, Sony announced this morning.
Previously due out on Oct. 25, the game is now set to launch on Dec. 6, wrote Shuhei Yoshida, president of worldwide studios, in a blog post today.
“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,” he wrote. “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.”
In development since 2007, The Last Guardian was first shown off publicly in 2009 as a PlayStation 3 game. In 2015 it was reunveiled as a PlayStation 4 game with a 2016 release date. During this year’s E3, Sony announced the game would be released on Oct. 25, 2016.
Check out our hands-on with the game from E3 earlier this year, when the team told us that the game was almost done and just needed finishing touches.