‘The Last Guardian’ Release Date, News & Update: Game Is Out Now With Added HDR Support & Improvements; Update 1.02 Is 1.1GB

By Arianne Gift , Updated Dec 06, 2016 11:56 AM EST

After 10 long years, "The Last Guardian" is finally out! The highly-anticipated follow-up to Sony's PlayStation 2 magnum opus "Shadow of the Colossus" has been in development since 2005, and today's release also comes with the update 1.02, which is around 1.1GB.

Players report that "The Last Guardian" update 1.01 rolled out last week, but Sunday saw another update, 1.02, clocking in at 175MB. PlayStation Lifestyle reports that the new update added improvements and fixes, while 1.01 added HDR support.

The patch notes for "The Last Guardian" indicate no PS4 Pro support, but according to Eurogamer, the newly-released game is available on Sony's new flagship console. In-game settings for PS4 Pro reso aren't available yet, but you'll get a native 1920x1080 on the standard PS4, giving you a way better image than the PS3 version.

"The Last Guardian" Finally Found A Suitable Technological Environment

Originally intended for PlayStation 3, "The Last Guardian" has been through a hell of technical issues on the console. It was previously reported that the game had the tendency to be cancelled, but the collective outcry of fans was apparently enough to nudge devs.

With PS4, "The Last Guardian" finally found a habitat that it could thrive in, and as if that isn't good enough, the game is also available on PS4 Pro. The wait is finally over, as confirmed by PlayStation itself.

"The Last Guardian" Gameplay

"The Last Guardian" is essentially a really simple game. There is no multiplayer, no bonuses and no extra content after the ending. It is a straightforward single-player game that would take about 12 to 15 hours to complete.

Its structure is also undemanding. In "The Last Guardian," progression comes in a linear fashion, with no need of backtracking whatsoever. Players merely need to figure out how to get from here to there.

Completing its development is a mighty feat for "The Last Guardian's" devs, and now that it's finally out, multiple salutes are the only thing the game deserves. The game finally escaped development hell and it did so with flying colors.

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