After being announced what feels like ages ago at E3 2008 The Last Guardian for PlayStation 3 has just now appeared on Amazon. Sony has not given a total clarification yet as to whether or not this game is meant to still release on the PS3 exclusively, whether it would hit PS4 exclusively, or both. This listing made by Amazon could be a factual error but most times when something gets listed on Amazon it is later confirmed to be for real.
The current placeholder date being listed for The Last Guardian on PS3 is December 31, 2014. This placeholder date could indicate that Sony might be ready to announce a real release date for the end of this year or early next year to see The Last Guardian finally get released.
Team ICO is the developer behind The Last Guardian, which is much of the reason for its high anticipation and demand. Sony Computer Entertainment is the exclusive publisher. Team ICO is very well known for their work on Shadow of the Colossus which received a high definition remaster on the PlayStation 3 last-generation and is very much critically acclaimed. Despite never reaching significant sales, Sony has remained loyal to promoting the game and keeping it alive throughout the years. This is because what Team ICO has created is referred to by most gamers as a piece of art that is important to the video games industry. Eventually, titles like The Last Guardian are expected to break profits in for all of the work Team ICO has been putting in over the years and allow Sony to cash in on the huge number of fans that has grown slowly but surely over the years since the PlayStation 2 days.
At the last we heard of The Last Guardian, Sony confirmed once again March 2014 that the game is still being developed – but failed to state whether the game had been moved to a PlayStation 4 platform-oriented project or when gamers could expect to hear anything more in regard to when the title would finally be done. Judging by Sony’s actions with companies like Guerrilla Games and Team ICO, showing their willingness to wait a lot longer than most major publishers for artistic games to be put together, it’s very likely that Team ICO is getting the “it’s finished when it’s finished” license of freedom from Sony Computer Entertainment. This means on one hand, we might not hear anything further any time soon, but on the other hand it also means that the chance for quality to drop due to the title being rushed is nearly impossible.
Take a look at the following screenshot I took of the Amazon Listing to preserve what is on the page at the time of this writing. Amazon members can pre-order the title now, but Amazon does not charge financials until a game is shipped and pre-ordering does not guarantee a copy of the game just as Gamestop pre-orders “reserve” a title pending certain policy stipulations. No statement is available from Sony at this time in regard to the legitimacy of this listing, but the story will be updated by RealGamerNewz as it develops.
Here’s the link to the Amazon Listing for The Last Guardian on PS3.
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