The Last Guardian, Team Ico Collection delayed

Team Ico lead Fumito Ueda confirms studio's newest project, HD remakes of PS2 classics have been pushed, new release date TBA.

PlayStation 3 gamers looking for a release of any kind from Team Ico are in for some disappointment this morning. As relayed by the official PlayStation Blog, both The Last Guardian and the HD revamp of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus have been delayed beyond their respective holiday 2011 and spring 2011 release windows.

The Last Guardian will remain in its kennel.

"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," said Team Ico lead Fumito Ueda of The Last Guardian. "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," Ueda continued. "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."

Formally announced at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, The Last Guardian tells a boy-and-his-dog tale, where the dog is a giant and feathered, yet seemingly amiable, beast. Team Ico has not been forthcoming with specific plot details, but gameplay will involve the boy manipulating his companion to navigate a variety of environmental puzzles.

As for Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, the two PlayStation 2 classics have been redone in high definition for the PS3. The titles--which were released in 2001 and 2005, respectively--will both feature full 3D support. Further, Ico will include the European ending rather than the US ending, making it the "complete game," according to Ueda.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of The Last Guardian and the Team Ico HD collection.

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158 comments
education
education

I mean come on! Give us someting on this game!

Managarm4
Managarm4

This Game will be amazing, no matter what.

LegendaryEpoch
LegendaryEpoch

It seems like all my life is about anymore is waiting for good things to happen... But they can only delay the inevitable for so long and I'll be waiting till then!

ALTAIR360
ALTAIR360

sucks to be a wii owner... have fun spending 300-400 bucks for a new console...

sieg6529
sieg6529

With Nintendo's announcement, are they even going to make it in time for the current gen?

flanathos
flanathos

"lol" looks like a guy throwing his hands in the air with joy.

Son_Jazrin
Son_Jazrin

Delayed again? Never saw it coming...

ROMSES
ROMSES

It sucks that I have to wait more for SOTC and The Last Guardian, the worst part of it that I don't know the release date...( basically you're feeling more comfortable when it's clear and you just save your money and look at screens,trailers of the game and say " Yeah)" But nah... it's ok , I think Ueda knows what is better and what is not for all those games. Just do it)))) Can't wait for SOTC HD!!!!!

HuhJustaBox
HuhJustaBox

I once was super excited for this game. Team ICO kept stringing me along with statements that "we will be showing off the game in the very near future (a couple of months). They spewed these announcements for years and showed us nothing. Finally when they did show us something, it turned out to be next to nothing. Delays like this usually mean one thing, the game sucks. I was a huge fan of SotC, but my hopes for this game are nill. I no longer anticipate this game being what I had originally hoped many years ago. I can even see this game becoming vaporware, so sad! Please prove me wrong Team ICO, please prove me wrong.

HuhJustaBox
HuhJustaBox

I once was super excited for this game. Team ICO kept stringing me along with statements that "we will be showing off the game in the very near future (a couple of months). They spewed these announcements for years and showed us nothing. Finally when they did show us something, it turned out to be next to nothing. Delays like this usually mean one thing, the game sucks. I was a huge fan of SotC, but my hopes for this game are nill. I no longer anticipate this game being what I had originally hoped many years ago. I can even see this game becoming vaporware, so sad! Please prove me wrong Team ICO, please prove me wrong.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

I'm all for a polished game, and I would rather it come out later and perfectly than sooner and poorly (FF14 springs to mind). I'm a bit wary of too many delays, but this developer seems the artsy "has to get everything perfect" type, and it shows in the quality of their work. Doesn't make the waiting any easier though.

Hezzron73
Hezzron73

@polarista - Your senses are honed to perfection! @blackace - Um, yeah. You're right.

Ivory-Dynamite
Ivory-Dynamite

Look like the Team Ico Collection is going to break my Splinter Cell Conviction Pre Order record (longest time on order).Personally I don't think releasing these games around the same time will improve sales any different as if they released Team Ico collection tomorrow if any thing it could be better?

electronic_eye
electronic_eye

This is getting so old. They've hardly shown anything from Last Guardian and it's been delayed a lot. I'm all for doing that to make the game polished, just give us a little more content to tie us over. And STOP, I repeat stop announcing a release date until the game is mostly or at least half way done. As I've said before on here, take a cue from Bethesda people!!

polarista
polarista

@Hezzron73 Take your time! 4, 5, 6 years, whatever it takes to reach perfection....you know, just like GT5! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I sense sarcasm, lol. I appreciate that they are not rushing it out of the door, but prolonged delay might be a sign that things are not going so smoothly. I'm worried.

codeomeqa
codeomeqa

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ersten
ersten

Heaven can wait (a little)

BaraChat
BaraChat

Well I was hoping at least to play Ico and SotC this year, since Ico is impossible to find in stores and generally overpriced on the online market.

blackace
blackace

@Hezzron73 Take your time! 4, 5, 6 years, whatever it takes to reach perfection....you know, just like GT5! ******************************************************* I think you compared it to the wrong game. GT5 is far from perfect. Uncharted 2 or even Forza 3 would have been a better choice, even though those games didn't take 5 years to develop. This news wouldn't have pissed me off so much if only one of them were delayed. Delaying both games until 2012 really sucks though. There's not a whole lot else I want for my PS3 this year. Uncharted 3, Twisted Metal and FF XIII-2 is about it. White Knight 2 might also be worth a look.

monson21502
monson21502

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Hezzron73
Hezzron73

Take your time! 4, 5, 6 years, whatever it takes to reach perfection....you know, just like GT5!

wisebandit
wisebandit

Fumito-San... take your time, we know that quality and "art" has his own time to be revealed...

puffadell
puffadell

we need a new dark clould for ps3 now that would be huge

FaYt2021
FaYt2021

I can wait for The Last Guardian, that game can take all the time it needs to be perfected! I'm really sad to hear we have to wait even longer for the ICO Collection! Oh well, what's a few more months right? I'm still hoping for HD versions of the 'Jak' series, 'Zone of Enders' and 'FFX', 'X-2', and 'XII'.

ash162
ash162

Ya take ur time Team ICO! Too many great games in Q4. Already my budget is wayyyy stretched!!

flaxgrass
flaxgrass

am I to understand they call japan studio "first party studio" in Japan? I can be patient that was a crowded quarter anyway. I dont think its cause for concern about the quality of the game either. still not everything they make has to be the classic of the century.

surppo
surppo

ima kinda glad, lord knows i cant afford these games at the rate they keep comin. not a bad problem to have, i wouldnt trade my ps3 for my first born right now.

Marcusraitor
Marcusraitor

I want Kingdom Hearts collection in HD. Is one of the best games i played on Ps2.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

I could careless about the last guardian the game just doesn't speak to me in the same way Ico and shadow of the colossus did. I'm looking forward to the HD remake of those two great games but the delay of the first doesn't affect me at the least...

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

With the amount of awesome games already coming out this year I don't mind one of them being delayed.. Uncharted, Resistance, SOCOM, Skyrim, Battlefied, Infamous.. Ahhh.. My bank account is already dying. I'd rather this be a masterpiece than some churned out piece of garbage, good on them for making the effort I say.

heartindarkness
heartindarkness

i missed them too hope they don't take long and does anyone else want kingdom hearts collection HD remake on ps3 !!

ranaky
ranaky

That's a little disappointing but I'd rather wait for them to make it the way they intended instead of rushing to get it out. Hoping the HD remakes come out this year though; I missed them the first time around.

VGA_assassin
VGA_assassin

The more its delayed, the more time I have to get a PS3! I'd love to play SotC again.

jddawg0808
jddawg0808

I love team ico and the amount of time and effort they put into making their amazing games, but come on man I've been waiting for a sequel since 2005 when SOTC came out. I guess this benefits me so that I don't have to spend a ton of money on games in the next year. Hopefully they can put out the HD remakes this year!

Pete5506
Pete5506

Less money I will need to spend this year, but still some bad news

TheGuardian03
TheGuardian03

@Sigil-otaku This is team ico were talking about here, not gearbox lol.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@TheGuardian03 so what your saying is Duke Nukem Forever will be GOTY :p

dt2003
dt2003

they just need more time to put more hair on the giant dog. Japanese are perfectionist.

eal-zubieri
eal-zubieri

i understand that they want to perfect their game, but japanse developers do not respect their fan by releasing false release dates for their games, they should never announce a release date until they are 100% sure that they will meet the time or just put TBA title on their games until the development is over.......then announce a release date it's better for both the gamer/fan and the developer.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

I can understand the logic behind delaying last guardian (as that was explained with trying to make it more challanging) but how does that effect the team ico collection in any way considering it's already produced so making it harder is not needed? I have both the games on PS2 anyway so don't see the point in paying for just a HD port but I'm definitely interested in the last guardian.

red-ray
red-ray

No longer care about it.

tyskenfan
tyskenfan

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Koi-Neon-X
Koi-Neon-X

I feel in these tough economic times I'd much rather pay for a game that was crafted with care and love rather than indifference and greed. They'll still be on my wish list:)

shaggyaz
shaggyaz

It sucks that their delayed,but I guess its better than rushed titles