According to a tweet from Sony’s President of Worldwide Studios Shuehei Yoshida, the long-awaited PlayStation exclusive The Last Guardian has finished development and gone gold. Yoshida’s tweet comes in the wake of Sony Entertainment producer Jun Yoshino tweeting the news earlier but deleting the tweet soon after.
Exactly why Yoshino redacted his announcement is unclear; perhaps he hadn’t been the one supposed to make the announcement, or perhaps it was a technical mishap of some kind. Either way, it does appear that, for certain, the Last Guardian is finally out of development limbo and will make its December 6th release date.
The Last Guardian is famed game designer Fumito Ueda’s pet-project. Ueda was responsible for the PlayStation 2 classics Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, and The Last Guardian shares many thematic and stylistic elements with these earlier works.
The Last Guardian has been in development since 2007, initially intended to be a PlayStation 3 title and announced at E3 2009. Since its original announcement, the game has been through various delays. Eventually the game was transitioned into a PlayStation 4 title with Sony’s internal Japan studio handling programming duties and Ueda’s genDESIGN company composed of many Team ICO members handling the creative side of things.