'The Last Guardian,' Team Ico HD Collection Delayed

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Fans wait with excitement to see how Team Ico follows up its stellar work on 2005's "Shadow of the Colossus" in "The Last Guardian," but unfortunately, the developer isn't ready to show it yet. The game, which was originally set for a holiday 2011 release, now won't be coming until after the end of the year.

The news is confirmed by "Guardian" director Fumito Ueda on the EU PlayStation Blog in a brief message. "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," he writes.

"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."

Crummy news, to say the least. Six years is a long time to wait, and while it's good to hear that the game won't be rushed, the added wait is a disappointment. It isn't mentioned by Ueda, but the blog post also reveals that the HD release of "Colossus" and "ICO," which were set to arrive in a collection this spring, is also pushed back.

"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 continues.

"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."