The Last Guardian has finally gone gold, Sony Interactive Entertainment producer Jun Yoshino announced today in a now-deleted tweet. The tweet, shown in the screenshot below, simply said, “Gone gold. Waddup.” The term, “gone gold,” means that development has finished and production of retail discs can begin.
This deletion may not come as a surprise given the troubled development of The Last Guardian, which has been in some form of development since 2007. Team ICO, developer of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, announced the project at E3 in 2009 with a release date of 2011 for the PlayStation 3. News on development went dark and the game was put on hiatus.
The Last Guardian Director Fumito Ueda revealed in an interview that the game was meant to have a short development period, and shifting to the PlayStation 4 version would add more time to development. Ueda left Sony in 2011, but stayed on contract to finish the game.
The game resurfaced at E3 2015 with a seven minute trailer and a proposed release date of 2016. A shorter trailer popped up at E3 2016 with a release date of October 25, 2016, but suffered one last delay in September.
The Last Guardian is scheduled to launch on December 6 in North America, Japan, and Europe, December 7 in Australia, and December 9 in the UK for the PlayStation 4.