The Last Guardian Has Finally Gone Gold

The PS4 exclusive has had a long, rocky development road, but it's now almost finished.

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The Last Guardian has been in development a long time. How long? The development team has been working on it in various stages since 2007. But despite numerous delays, including one just last month, the game has finally gone gold.

PlayStation boss Shuhei Yoshida confirmed in a tweet, "The Last Guardian has gone gold! I'm so excited for you all to finally experience it ˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖"

"Going gold" means that primary development has concluded and the game can be pressed to physical discs. However, with the proliferation of day-one patches and DLC, there's still typically lots of work for developers to do after reaching this important milestone.

The Last Guardian was primarily developed by Fumito Ueda, the talent behind Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. It was set to launch on the PS3, but various issues have now brought it to the PS4. The game is set to release on December 6, but if you can't wait to get a taste of what will be in the game, you can check out a good chunk of gameplay and our initial impressions right here..

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The giant beast is not HOT at all...

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Lets hope the gameplay its not like that bullshit of Beyond Two Souls and Detroit : Became Human !!!!

And more like Last of Us , Days Gone and Horizon : Zero Dawn ...

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The amount of Xbox fanboys that are trying to downplay this game is too damn high! Get over it, you don't have to like it, you don't have to play it, move on, live your life, be happy...

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@livedreamplay: Sony officials told me that big beast dies in the end.

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@wexorian: Nope, it's just the kid that dies. :(

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Did hell freeze over or something?

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@nzowa100: It's freaking frigid down here bro...

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Hopefully it's good. You PlayStation guys have been waiting long enough

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Looking forward to playing Fumito Ueda next game on the PS7

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@Moonco: Haha, burn!

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Nice to see The Last Guardian has finally gone gold, I won't be picking it up at launch until next year due to my backlog of games and for those who has been waiting for years, I hope ya'all have fun playing it.

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The Instant Gratification generation cracks me up. If they don't get a game right now and it's not perfect and it's not 100% free, they'll smother you with their poopy diapers. No wonder so many parents can't stand being around their own children these days.

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Hope this game does well, I'm getting more interested now that it's finally here, avoided preview coverage since I didn't want to get burnt out on the game before it actually launched

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So Sony's version of DNF is finally coming. Now we need Ubisoft's DNF named Beyond Good and Evil 2.

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@nintendoboy16: By the time were done with those games Half Life Ep3 will be out!

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Holy crap, at long last!

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However, with the proliferation of day-one patches and DLC, there's still typically lots of work for developers to do after reaching this important milestone.

Wouldn't it be an absolute travesty for such a game (10 year dev cycle, game is 4 hours long) to have ANY patches??? But it probably will have.

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@Ripper_TV: Gold means that there are no game-breaking bugs. Plus, Pewdiepie's been playing it for a while, it looks in pretty good shape...

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@livedreamplay: No keep Pewdiepuke away from good games, that guy is a joke.

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@killercondoms: It's irrelevant who and how good the person that's playing is, I was just saying that somebody's playing it and it looks good...

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@livedreamplay: Ok that I can agree on.

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@Ripper_TV: it goes gold means its at satisfactory point to play till the end at its state. Doesnt mean the bugs and glitch is not present.

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@sakaixx: Unfortunately

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Hope it does not turn out like Duke Nukem Forever did.

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@lonewolf1044: How could it? DNF was rebuilt and reimagined so many times, this game seems to have had a clear vision from the start, it was maybe too ambitious

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@lonewolf1044: It will. It'll just be less offensive.

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Thats is the thing we all need.

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It's nice to be present for a historic moment, lol.

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What X1 exclusive has gone gold? None because it has no exclusives. Wish the PS4 had competition.

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@silversix_: I'm a PS/Nintendo fan, and that comment is rediculous. They just had 2 pretty decently reviewed games release... maybe you don't know what gone gold means? I used to think it meant it sold a million copies or whatever (like the music industry), so I understand if you're confused.

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@silversix_: Dude, I'm a PS4 fan all the way due to the exclusives you're mentioning, but your level of butthurt is too damn high...

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@silversix_: I think all the bad Sony press has made you butt-hurt.

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@silversix_: The Last Guardian has gone gold. That means game has finished development (the Gold Master Copy of the game ).

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@silversix_: if exclusives are the only thing that matters why would you not solely game on PC? Wish the PC had competition.

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@Chubnasty: PS4 exclusives aren't on PC... that's a good reason to not solely game on PC.

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@Chubnasty: I'll just smash an alarm clock and give you the parts to put together, there's the PC experience

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Will buy two copies and a beautiful framed picture :) FINALLY! "Prepares to cry" :(

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My grandfather was waiting on this game since he was a kid unfortunately he died before it was released guess I will have to play it in his honor, my grandson can play the last guardian 2

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@yukushi: The Lastest Guardian.

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Even though I loved ICO and SotC, I can't say I was waiting for TLG with some big anticipation.

Still, it was kind of nice there is third icoesque in development; but then all these delays, and years...

Dunno, it's not like I got tired of waiting, because wasn't really thinking too much of it, but now, while I will play definitely after I replay ICO and SotC, it kind of looks like late PS2 / early PS3 game that just came too late, and by that I don't just mean graphics wise, because, honestly, while unique and atmospheric ICO and SotC didn't really have best graphics either.

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@Psajdak: SotC still looked advanced for its time, motion blur and god rays on PS2 was technically impressive, and character animation was impressive too, ICO was very near launch and the cel shading looked amazing at the time. And the sense of scale in both of those games, damn.

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@girlusocrazy: Playing SotC in 3D on PS3 was a pretty amazing experience.

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@el_swanno: Yeah it was! XD More games need 3D support

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@girlusocrazy: I bought Bound for VR recently. It has stereoscopic 3D which makes it the only PS4 I've seen with 3D support.

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Maybe I'm being overly optimistic, but I don't see this game failing. Every piece of footage I've seen shows a fantastic game in the vein of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, and I can't imagine there would be anything in the game that was handled so poorly that it would affect its quality. So far, the only common complaint that I can agree with is that it's not impressive on a technical level. Doesn't bother me, though, because I thought Shadow of the Colossus was a technical nightmare and I loved the hell out of that game.

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@JustPlainLucas: I'm with you 100% - but I fear it will not be well received due to "dated" mechanics and visuals. Which won't bother me either, but I'll be surprised if it flies off the shelves with the modern audience or kills it in reviews

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@JustPlainLucas: Will get some hate cuz it feels like a ps2 / ps4 game... Watch, but, I don't care!