"Technical Issues" Blamed For Delay
Hands up: who was worried when Sony let the trademark lapse for The Last Guardian? We won't judge you - in fact, we were bricking it for a while there. After the perpetually-delayed title suffering all manner of developmental setbacks, we wondered whether Sony were perhaps planning on delaying it into the next console generation.
Thankfully, Sony Worldwise Studios has now confirmed that The Last Guardian is still in development and slated to launch on PS3... but is taking so long because the team had to "re-do" some of their work.
"The team is still working on [The Last Guardian] very hard," Sony Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer. "There are certain technical issues they've been working on. That's the period of time when the game, looking from the outside, doesn't seem to be making much progress. But internally there is a lot of work going into creating the title."
"The game is developed on PS3,"
So, what's the holdup? Apparently, Team Ico and Sony have had to go back to the drawing board in several unspecified areas to overcome "techincal issues" and are rebuilding much of the game from scratch.
"We had the game playable," Yoshida explained. "At one point we felt that it would be produced for a certain time period. That was the time we prematurely talked about the launch window. But it turned out the technical issues are much harder to solve. So the engineering team had to go back and re-do some of the work they had done."
It will come when it's done. Maybe.