A little somethin-somethin' thrown together by Andrew and me.
There has been a lot of back and forth online regarding the status of The Last Guardian, the most recent iteration from the development team that brought us ICO and Shadow of the Colossus. First the gaming world was rocked by the announcement that Fumito Ueda, the game creator, left his position at Sony and was continuing to work on the title as a freelancer.
Many people, myself included, were left wondering what it meant for the future of the highly anticipated game. The news that he would be continuing to work on the title, just as freelance, was comforting yet still worrisome. The Last Guardian has been pushed back many times, and by huge chunks of time. At one point it was due out in April, which would have made a most splendid birthday gift!
Enter an ill-advised move by GameStop: removing The Last Guardian from their computer systems and sending out an automated call to all pre-order customers informing them that the game had been cancelled.
Rumors flew back and forth and Sony released a statement reassuring the masses that the game had not been cancelled. A few days later, GameStop finally addressed the situation.
Since the game doesn't have an official release date, and has been pushed back so many times, the company decided to remove it from their system. They will be adding it back once The Last Guardian has a set release date.
Having worked for the company for years before quitting earlier this year, I find this to be an extremely odd move. Normally they don't care if a game has a set release date. If it's a title that customers are excited about then we (the employees) were happy to have it available to offer to customers.
Color me baffled, but really so long as the game isn't cancelled then it's no skin off my nose.
Next time, please be more careful GameStop.