Could The Last Guardian End Up Being A PS4 Launch Title?
It might be absolutely essential for the PlayStation 4 to have at least one hugely anticipated title on store shelves for the hardware launch.
Might one extremely long-awaited game fit the bill...?
Sony continues to maintain that The Last Guardian, first unveiled over three years ago, is still in development. The saga surrounding this game is lengthy and troublesome, as creator Fumito Ueda left Sony to go freelance, Sony president Shuhei Yoshida cited "technical difficulties" multiple times, and we've seen next to nothing in terms of new information and media. Basically zip.
Now, Amazon.com has sent out emails to those who pre-ordered the game, saying the title has been delayed to "January 2, 2014," which sounds like just another placeholder date. A few things to consider: Firstly, most all of Sony's internal studios are currently working on next-gen projects; this has been well documented, and the company has even talked about the juggling required for such teams to produce PS3, Vita, and PS4 games. Secondly, there's a very good chance the PS4 will be out by the time The Last Guardian finally arrives.
Thirdly and lastly, it's always important to consider the original vision for the project. Ueda has never been anything less than ambitious, and I wouldn't be surprised to learn that current hardware wasn't capable of achieving that lofty vision. Ubisoft just said that Assassin's Creed III almost didn't make it this generation due to the sheer size and scope of the game. Perhaps another element that comes into play is Sony's acknowledgement that a new piece of hardware requires a great launch lineup; they delayed the Vita release for the express purpose of having the "biggest launch software lineup" in the PlayStation brand's history.
If you put all this together, I don't think anybody should be shocked if find out that The Last Guardian has become a next-gen project.
Related Game(s): The Last Guardian
10/18/2012 12:55:37 PM Ben Dutka