The Last Guardian, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection Unsurprisingly Delayed

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Earlier this year Sony released a list of 20 exclusive games coming out for PS3 in 2011, with The Last Guardian and the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection taking up two of those spots. But now a 2011 release for both titles is in question.

When posting about those exclusive PS3 games, I stated towards the end that I didn’t fully believe that The Last Guardian would make it our this year, and it looks like my skepticism was warranted because the game has been officially delayed from its scheduled holiday 2011 launch to an undisclosed date sometime in the future. In all likelihood, that means it’s on hold until 2012.

The game’s director, Fumito Ueda apologetically explains:

I announced at last year’s Tokyo Game Show that the release timing of The Last Guardian which is currently being developed would be holiday 2011.

However, to provide more challenging and better quality of content to users and to fulfill First Party Studio’s obligations, I decided to postpone its release timing.

All the members of my production team are working together at a fast pace to develop and release the game in First Party Studio quality.

I sincerely apologize to all the customers who have been waiting for “The Last Guardian” for so long, but I beg for your patience. I will also announce the new release timing at a later time.

Not mentioned in that quote is the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection, the HD remake compilation of the PS2’s two best games, and two of the greatest games ever created, in my opinion. But it too has been delayed, slipping out of its planned release for this spring. Like The Last Guardian, the collection has been postponed without a new target date, but here’s hoping for a holiday 2011 release followed by an early 2012 launch for The Last Guardian.

Is this the first of many high profile 2011 games to get pushed into next year? I’m guessing yes!

Update on The Last Guardian and Ico/Shadow of the Colossus Collection [PlayStation.Blog]

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