Gran Turismo 6 Launches Today

Gran Turismo 6

In case you forgot, Gran Turismo 6 launches today for the PlayStation 3.

I’ve been pretty hard on Gran Turismo lately, mostly due to the combination of Gran Turismo 5’s disappointing showing and my ever adoration of Forza Motorsport. But with early rumblings about Forza Motorsport 5 being less than positive, I’m willing to take a let Gran Turismo 6 impress me.

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Fumito Ueda Discusses Long Delayed The Last Guardian

The Last Guardian

For perpetually delayed The Last Guardian, it seems any news is good news. Unfortunately, the only news is an apology from the game’s creator Fumito Ueda.

In the interview conducted with Edge Online, Ueda apologized for the agonizingly long development the game has undergone, in particular for the lack of information coming out regarding its status. Ueda spoke on the detail oriented nature of Team Ico and how, like himself, they want The Last Guardian to be perfect. While no specific time frame was given on how much work is needed for the game, Ueda was frank of his desire to see the project through.

A surprising point to highlight is that Ueda has finished his portion of work related to the game, but has stayed with Sony in an advisory capacity on a freelance contract.

While six years is certainly a long time for a game to be stuck in development, given the quality of Team Ico’s previous projects (the now legendary Ico and Shadow of the Colossus), I’m glad that they are pressing forward and giving The Last Guardian proper time to create this game. I’m a firm believer that time and care in development are what makes some games transcendent.

Unfortunately, having too long of a development time can lead to projects essentially being stuck in development purgatory. For every Team Fortress 2 there is a Duke Nukem Forever. The issues become even more compounded when you consider that The Last Guardian is listed as a PS3 project and Sony just began sales of the PS4 last week. There are legs left in the PS3 over the couple of years, but certainly not an abundance of time.

Edge Online – Ueda Terribly Sorry For The Last Guardian Delay

Final Fantasy X & X-2 HD Gets a Western Date

Final Fantasy X-2 HD

For those still holding on to the hope that the HD remasters of Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 would be making its targeted Decemeber are in for a bit of disappointment. Square Enix announced that the Sony exclusive HD collection will be available in North America on March 18 and Europe on March 21. The collection is still set to release in Japan late December.

As we edge to the end of November, a December release date was looking increasingly unlikely and I expected the game no earlier than February. The March release date puts X / X-2 hot on the heals of the Tales of Symphonia Chronicles collection, so my PS3 is certain to get a nice workout next spring.

Square Enix unveiled a new trailer to go along with the announcement which only served the purpose of reminding me how terrible the soundtrack is in English.

PlayStation Blog – Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster Coming to PS3 March 18, 2014