Now that you’re basking in the Portal 2 afterglow, it’s probably time for a quick sucker punch. Sony just announced the cancellation of your non/denominational winter solstice celebration of choice. Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, and The Last Guardian, all of which were scheduled for holiday 2011, just fell off the calendar and into TBA.
Director and Game Designer Fumito Ueda remarked the The Last Guardian‘s delay would, “…provide more challenging and better quality of content to users and…fulfill First Party Studio’s obligations,” which roughly means it’s not done yet. Ueda had nothing explicit to say about Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, which were slated for an upscaled collection rerelease on the PS3. However, he did note that, “All the members of [his] production team are working together at a fast pace to develop and release the game in First Party Studio quality,” which suggests that the port team may have been pulled to accelerate The Last Guardian‘s eventual release.
Ueda’s projects have historically released to critical acclaim and slow sales, though their influence outreaches both. Ico and Shadow of the Colossus continue to contribute to the games-as-art discussion as watershed games, though Ueda has since expressed disappointment in their quality. Regardless, extra time for polish almost never hurts, so this will probably pay off in the long run.
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