Why You Should Temper Your “The Last Guardians” Expectations

It’s crazy to think that The Last Guardian has been in development since 2007, the same year that games such as Gran Turismo 5 &  Infamous (the first entry in the now 3 part series) was announced at E3. Needless to say,  Studio Japan has had some problems with the development of the game. However, if rumor is to be believed for E32016, we should get a hard release date for the title. For me personally, I don’t believe the game exists until I am holding it in my hands.

Going into E32016 I have heard the hype train build the imminent release date of the game as “Sony’s final big reveal”. C’mon now, let’s be realistic as to what the game actually is  and is not. As much as I am excited to get my hands on this game, I know that this games legend has far surpassed what the reality of what the game will prove. In terms of ratings, I am banking on a solid “B”. Now before you throw your drink at the screen, or automatically scroll down to the comments to tell me that I am “out of my damn mind”, listen to my reasoning as to why we need to relax on the expectations of this game. 

This game will not do huge numbers. Don’t get me wrong, this game will sell well and receive average grades across the media spectrum, but the previous game that Studio Japan put out, Shadow of the Colossus, sold 140 thousand copies the first week that it was on the market. To put that into context real quick, Uncharted 4 sold over 2.7 million copies in its first week. And that is a flagship title in its 4th and final (supposedly) iteration. I am sorry, but you can’t expect this game to move console units of any significance. 

The Last Guardian has been in evelopment hell since 2007. The ICO collection was released back in 2011, with a semi decent reception critic wise,  was the same year that I expect that Sony had originally wanted to release The Last Guardian, However, the collection came and went without any promise of the forthcoming followup. This was on a previous console iteration, the PS3, now with a whole new console cycle many expect The Last Guardian to compete with an expected fall release date, side by side with franchise flagships Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warefare, inal Fantasy XV. Needless to say, it is going to have a tough time finding its legs in the sales market with games like that. For those of you that hope Sony will back it with a solid marketing campaign, just remember that they are going to be introducing a new way to experience games, PSVR, along with an expected launch of a slimmer console. Now if you were Sony, would you put your money into the headset that you are building your platform around, or the game that has struggled to release to market for nearly a decade?

Now, don’t get me wrong, this article is not being written to bash this title in anyway. I am anxious to get my hands on the final product, as well as you are- I am sure. I want to help guide those that believe that The Last Guardian will lead the “Sony Fall Lineup”, to understand what will most likely happen. If it were me, I would put the advertising behind this gorgeous game. I would make sure that I didn’t postpone it for nothing, and make sure that the first time someone actually lays hands on it will enjoy the final product. But it’s not up to me. The ball is in Sony’s court. 

What do you think? Am I absolutely wrong, and this game will be the next Minecraft? Or do you think that I may be on to something here? Let me know in the comments below! 

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