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Chances That The Last Guardian Will Be Worth The Wait?

"Vaporware" continues to be an overused (and occasionally misused) term in the industry.

But The Last Guardian might qualify, at least at certain points in its long and troubled history.

After first being revealed way back in...what is it, 2009?...we only got vague and sometimes unsettling updates, like when Fumito Ueda left Sony and decided to keep working on the project in a freelance/contractor capacity. Then we kept hearing from Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida that the project hit snag after snag and eventually, it had to be pushed into the PlayStation 4 generation. None of this was exactly promising, until we got all excited again after last year's resurrection at E3.

But once again, Guardian has slipped away. We heard very little about it since last summer and at this point, we have to question: What the hell is going on? But perhaps more importantly, if and when it does show up, can it possibly live up to the hype? It seems to me that the game was unveiled way, way too early (even though I know there were plenty of unforeseen circumstances), and I tend to agree with Bethesda's Todd Howard when he says we really need to scale this back. Stop announcing games eons before they're ready.

It really is problematic, as he says. And if the project goes south, as it clearly did in Guardian's case, the issues are only amplified. I'm guessing gamers are expecting nothing less than masterful genius when the title finally arrives, and I'm just not sure that's what we're going to get. Yes, ICO and Shadow of the Colossus are two of my favorite games ever and I have infinite faith in Ueda, but how can I not be worried? And how can my expectations not be through the roof at the same time?

All I have to say is, this game better return at some point this year. A concrete launch date at E3 2016 is a must, Sony.

Related Game(s): The Last Guardian

Tags: the last guardian ps4, last guardian release date, team ico

2/23/2016 9:43:06 PM Ben Dutka

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MRSUCCESS
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 @ 9:58:28 PM
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The game will be great, no doubt about that. If a game is not a couple weeks away from release date there's no use getting excited about it.

In my book it'll be a day one regardless of when it releases.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 @ 11:25:57 PM
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There is no hype anymore. The way they managed it, all that's left is expectation. And you can't live up to years worth of that. Without a recognizable Team ICO behind it I question whether it will even be any good.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 @ 11:31:34 PM
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I'm skeptical at this point.

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JackieBoy
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 @ 3:01:36 AM
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The thing is, I never waited for this game. So if it will be a great game, I will gladly buy it. When it will be a letdown, nothing is lost for me.

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Vitron
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 @ 5:06:52 AM
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It will probably be good given the time they had developing it. Great bummer if not but I highly doubt it.

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mk ultra
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 @ 5:11:44 PM
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I wonder how many people from 10 years ago still work at the company, and have been getting paid for over a decade to work on one game that hasn't ever released?

As soon as Udea and the main producer left Sony and Udea was only going to finish the game to fulfill his contract I was worried. Even it was his vision still, it felt his heart was no longer in it. Then there was nothing for years after that, like he was just buying his time for some reason until Sony came in and gave the reins to another team.

I think it will be a quality game, based on last years E3 gameplay, but I don't think it will be the game everyone was hoping it could be when it was announced in 2009. It's been too long and now other people are helping complete it for the sake of completing it. That can't be good.

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Hexen
Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 3:00:03 AM
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Good? probably but I doubt it will be great.What they showed last made it looked like a ps3 game and I know for sure most critics will tear it apart for every little thing just because of how long it's been.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 3:00:42 AM
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It's still a big greasy gob of Vick's VapoRub until I can actually smell it's shrinkwrap.

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gumbi
Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 9:42:20 AM
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If/When it ever comes out I'll buy it for sure, but the hype and excitement are totally dead now. This game was my #1 most anticipated title for years. Years... They dug their own graves by announcing it way to early and now we hardly care anymore.

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mk ultra
Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 2:40:19 PM
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I am trying to figure out how the game wasn't more finished when they announced it in 2009. It was a full 4 years since they finished SotC.

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BikerSaint
Friday, February 26, 2016 @ 5:13:11 PM
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From what I gathered from all the surfing I've done so far, Sony thought it was a mess, so ordered the slate(or most of it within) wiped clean & started over completely.

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