The development team behind one of the most talked about games of the last decade has finally made a huge step forward with The Last Guardian. The game has officially gone gold, meaning that there's a strong likelihood that you could be playing it before the year is out.
Gamespot is reporting that Sony's president of worldwide studios, Shuhei Yoshida, took to Twitter to inform gamers that The Last Guardian has gone gold.
The game has been in development since 2007, and it all started on the PS3. Incessant delays and lots of bumps in the road of development staved The Last Guardian's release off by a decade. Now, the developers have finally revealed that the game has gone gold and that means that release is imminent.
Previously, one of the developers had posted up that the game had gone gold, but then deleted the tweet. Some people thought that it was due to the DDoS blackout of the internet yesterday in large parts of America, but it was deleted for some other reason apparently. Nevertheless, Sony's Shuhei Yoshida was quick to step up and announce that the game had gone gold via Twitter.
Going gold means that core development on The Last Guardian is complete, and the gold master disc has been burned and sent off to the printing press for manufacture and distribution. There's usually a few week's time between a game going gold and the actual release on store shelves.
Gamespot makes a good observation in that just because the game has gone gold, it doesn't necessarily mean that the developers are done with it. In fact, there's likely going to be a lot of overtime pumped into putting out a day one patch to fix anything they may have missed the first time around.
The Last Guardian has had a very troubled development history, and every time the game was given a release window of sorts, it was missed. At least year's E3 2015 event, we were told that the adventure platformer was going to be released in 2016, but we weren't given a solid date. When we did find out what the window would be in 2016, it was announced that it suffered a slight delay and would be released in December.
Just last month a lot of gamers even questioned if the December window would stick and maybe the highly anticipated first-party title would be pushed into 2017 for the PS4.
A lot of comparisons have been made between The Last Guardian and 3D Realms' Duke Nukem Forever, which has gone down in history as a title with one of the longest development cycles, and even reached epic meme status.
If Sony actually does manage to get The Last Guardian out, it'll at least be able to overcome years of doubt and disbelief that the game would ever release.
The title is a 3D platformer and the hook of the game will be based on the player's relationship, with the giant cat-dog-chicken-bird. Given that this game comes from the same minds who brought gamers iconic titles like Shadow of the Colossus and ICO, we'll see if they can finish out the trilogy of masterpieces when The Last Guardian finally releases for PS4.